Arthritis

Arthritis is one of the most common diseases, affecting more than 4.5 million Canadians. This page lists some resources to help you understand and manage arthritis.

Medications

Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are many medications to treat the symptoms of arthritis. Click here for a booklet which explains many of the common medications used to treat arthritis.

If you have any questions about your medications, or if you feel that your medication needs to be changed, please make an appointment.

Exercises

Exercise is one of the best ways to keep your joints pain-free, even if you have arthritis. Most doctors recommend that all adults get 30-60 minutes of physical activity per day.

Here are some resources to help you exercise with arthritis:
Arthritis and Exercise Basics
Top 10 Exercises for Arthritis (Arthritis Society)
Guide to Physical Activity (Arthritis Society)
Exercises for Morning Stiffness
Exercises for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Joint (Corticosteroid) Injections

Corticosteroids are medications that can reduce the pain of certain types of arthritis when injected into the joint. While it can be very effective for certain patients, others may not experience the same relief. Even in cases where pain is relieved, injections should not take place frequently or the joint may be damaged.

It’s important to speak with your doctor about whether corticosteroid injections are an option for you.

Handouts
Osteoarthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis

Helpful Links:

Arthritis Society
Arthritis – Public health Agency of Canada