Conquer your Arthritis Pain in 2017 with this Resource Guide

Arthritis pain can be a Huge Limiter in your Day-to-day Life

Arthritis pain is one of the leading causes of pain and disability in North America. As I’m sure many of us can attest to, the pain, stiffness and swelling that accompanies joint arthritis can severely affect your life. At STAVE OFF, our team of physiotherapists, assistants and personal trainers are here to help you! Over the last year, we have written extensively on different types of arthritis and have launched our Conquer program. Conquer is a specific program that helps keep you strong and working out despite that nasty arthritis pain.

Kick off 2017 by kicking back the Arthritis pain

So to kick off 2017, we wanted to share with you our best resources of 2016. These are a compilation of some of the frequently asked questions and how-to tips we have written throughout the year to help you with your arthritis pain. Hope these help!

Arthritis…What is it?

FAQ 032:What is Degenerative Disc Disease? 

degenerative disc disease, DDD, low back, arthritis, Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a type of arthritis that affects the spine. As we age, there is common wear and tear on the body. So many of us have at least some form of DDD. For others, DDD is the source of their low back and arthritis pain.

Check out our FAQ video to find out more!


FAQ 008: What is the Difference between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis? 

osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, painOsteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are two of them most common types of arthritis. Some of their symptoms are the same but there are subtle differences in how they present. In the FAQ video, we dive into the differences between the two.



Podcast Episode 004: You are not alone when it comes to your ARTHRITIS!

podcast, arthritis,In this podcast, Christina and Nick start talking about all of the ins and outs about arthritis pain. This is one of the main conditions we see in our clinic so we go over what it is, what it feels like and what you can do about it!

Check out more episodes on the podcast or subscribe on iTunes!

Pain Management

FAQ026: Why do we use hot or cold to manage pain from an injury? 

hot, cold, injury, physiotherapyThis one although not completely specific to arthritis is a common question I get in the physiotherapy clinic. We use temperature frequently to help with pain. In this video we explain when to use hot versus cold for pain!

Check out the video.


FAQ019: What is a cortisone shot?

cortisone, arthritis, pain, OAA cortisone shot is often used to try to alleviate arthritis pain. It is a combination of a corticosteroid and a local anaesthetic. For some people this is a wonderful option for short-term pain relief. Others don’t have the same effects.

Check out the video to learn more.


Get A Grip: Managing the Pain from Thumb OA

grip, hand, thumb, arthritisPain in the hands from OA or RA is becoming increasingly more common. If we sit at desks and do a lot of typing or our work involves repetitive movements, this type of arthritic pain can develop. In this article, we give you some strategies to tell that pain in your hands to take a hike!

Physiotherapy, Exercise & Weight Management!

The How-To Guide to Exercise with Rheumatoid Arthritis 

rheumatoid arthritis, physiotherapyRA can cause joint pain and many people with RA experience a lot of fatigue related to the condition. That being said, exercise is one of the best ways to help manage not only the pain but also the tiredness associated with RA. In this article, we gave you the how-to guide to being able to exercise with RA. If in doubt, going for physiotherapy can help get your started or answer any of your questions.



Weight and Arthritis: How carrying extra weights affects your joints … even your hands!

weight loss, overweight, obeseCarrying extra weight is a risk factor for the development and worsening of arthritis pain, especially in the hands. In this article, we talk about the links of pain to your waist line in ALL of the joints in your body.

Check out the article and let us know what you think!



FAQ001: How can I exercise with severe knee arthritis? 

knee arthritis, severe arthritis, exerciseMany people give up on movement when the pain in their knees gets really bad. I can totally understand it! It hurts when you exercise so why do it! In this video (my first so I’m sorry if I sound like a hummingbird!), we give you some strategies to keep moving and not flare up your knees.

Check it out!

Joint Replacements

Friction: “Bone on Bone Arthritis” Doesn’t Tell you the Whole Story about Knee Pain 

arthritis, knee pain, exercise, physiotherapyMany people believe that a joint replacement is the only option once they have developed bone-on-bone arthritis pain in their knees. Though this may be a step for you, it doesn’t HAVE to be. Imaging studies have shown some inconsistencies in what the X ray says and how you are doing pain wise.

Check it out here!


Under the Knife: Ways to avoid A Knee Replacement Surgery 

knee replacement, surgery, OA, For some people, they are trying to hold off the need for a joint replacement as long as possible. In this article, we try to give you some tips and strategies to help hold off on going under the knife. If nothing else they will make you stronger as you go into surgery!

Check out these strategies by clicking the link above!


FAQ009: When should I get a Joint Replacement? 

joint replacement, arthritis, knee pain, hip pain The decision to get a joint replacement is a personal one to make. Using the advice from your doctor and surgeon as well as considering how you are doing day-to-day all play into the decision. In this video, we consider some of the circumstances that come into the decision to get surgery.

Check out the video.


FAQ018: Why should I keep exercising even if I’m waiting for a joint replacement?

joint replacement, surgery, exercise So you’ve made the decision that you have had enough and that you need to have joint replacement surgery. Now you sit and wait right? No! It is so important to continue exercising as you wait for surgery. The wait can be long and it is essential you stay healthy. The stronger you are before surgery, the stronger you’ll be after. We talk about the reasons why we do this in this video!


Other Stuff You Should Know!

Arthritis Doesn’t Just Affect your Joints, It Affects your Heart As Well!

arthritis, physiotherapy, healthOur body is a system. What that means is that we can’t think of it in isolation. If you are having arthritis pain, a lot of us respond by moving less. We rest so that it doesn’t flare up our joints. But exercise and movement helps to keep your entire body healthy, especially your heart! In this article, we argue about why (despite the pain) you need to keep moving to keep the heart healthy!


Our Conquer Arthritis Program!

workout, exercise, arthritis pain, physiotherapy

At STAVE OFF, we believe that with the help of physiotherapy, you can continue exercising your way to stronger, less painful joints. Your body is resilient but sometimes we lose some of the strength we need. That can be because of pain, injury, sitting more, moving less or any combination of the above.

In our Conquer Arthritis program, you work with a physiotherapist and our exercise staff in a small group setting to help you kick arthritis pain to the curb!

Want the learn more? Check out this link! We can help!

There you have it! All of the links you need to learn, strategize and figure out how YOU can conquer arthritis in 2017.

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