Getting Arthritis Treatment in Ontario

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Arthritis Treatment in Ontario

 
Arthritis, which causes painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints, is one of the leading causes of chronic pain. The Arthritis Society reports that over 4.6 million Canadian adults – or one in six adult Canadians – have arthritis. Within the next twenty years, it’s expected that that number will rise to one in five Canadians. In Ontario, 18% of the adult population suffers from arthritis and it is a leading cause of disability in the province. Arthritis is the third most common chronic condition reported in Ontario and the most common one for women. Sixty-one percent of people living with arthritis in the province reported that the condition keeps them from participating in many activities. Twenty-seven percent of those with arthritis reported that they need assistance with everyday tasks such as cleaning or grocery shopping, and 12% of working-age Ontarians with arthritis are unable to work. Obviously, arthritis treatment in Ontario is crucial for a substantial number of our citizens. Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis and effective treatment can be difficult to establish.
 

Managing Arthritis Pain

 
There are more than one hundred different illnesses that are considered types of arthritis, including gout, fibromyalgia, and lupus. However, the two most common conditions referred to as arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The symptoms of osteoarthritis include joint pain and progressive stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms include painful swelling, inflammation, and stiffness occurring in the same joints on both sides of the body. It can also affect the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, blood, or nerves.
 
There are many aspects to managing the pain of arthritis. Most times, pain medication is prescribed. But mental health, stress, fatigue, physical activity, diet, and other lifestyle considerations will also factor into the patient’s well-being. It can be important to consider all of these aspects when treating arthritis pain.
 
With guidance and experience, many arthritis patients become adept at knowing how to relieve their pain. This can include managing medication, applying cold to relieve inflammation or heat to relax muscles, meditation or other relaxation therapies, and finding healthy ways to eat and exercise.
 

Pain Care Clinics

 
While some general practitioners are knowledgeable about pain management, it can be very useful to ask for a referral to a pain care centre from your MD. In Ontario, OHIP will usually cover the costs of pain centre visits.
 
Pain care clinic doctors devote their entire careers to the treatment and management of chronic pain, so they keep abreast of new pharmaceutical developments and current treatments and procedures. At good clinics, these specialists also have access to state-of-the art technology for assessment and treatment.
 
Most times you will need to complete a detailed questionnaire before your pain care clinic appointment. When you arrive, an assessment from a pain care physician (including a thorough evaluation of your current medications) will ascertain whether or not you are a good candidate for the facility. If the specialist believes he or she can help you to manage your pain, the two of you will work out a treatment plan.
 
You may have to live with arthritis, but you don’t have to be held hostage to arthritis pain. Ask your family doctor for a referral to an Ontario pain care clinic today.
Mississauga Clinic
  • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Closed

Mississauga Clinic

6981 Millcreek Drive - Unit 2
Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 6B8
Tel: 289-724-PAIN (7246)
Fax: 289-914-CARE (2273)

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Oakville Clinic
  • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Closed

Oakville Clinic

245 Wyecroft Road - Unit 1
Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3Y6
Tel: 289-817-PAIN (7246)
Fax: 289-817-CARE (2273)

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Hamilton Clinic
  • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Closed

Hamilton Clinic

701 Main Street West - Unit 100
Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 1A2
Tel: 289-768 PAIN (7246)
Fax: 289-779-CARE (2273)

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