As part of their recent $55 million expansion, North West Private Hospital has opened the new Day Rehabilitation Unit which features a new exercise class specifically tailored to help those struggling with the aches and pains of arthritis.
Arthritis affects 3.6 million (15%) Australians and, one in five (22%) also experience high to very high levels of psychological distress as a result.
Exercise is greatly beneficial for people with osteoarthritis and is considered the most effective non-drug treatment for improving movement and reducing pain in patients. As well as providing reduced joint pain, exercise can also improve joint mobility and aid better mental health.
Led by physiotherapists and exercise physiologists, the benefits offered to arthritis sufferers through these classes may include reduced joint pain, greater strength and function, improved joint mobility, weight control and better mental health.
Graeme Walker, Allied Health Manager of the North West Private Hospital Day Rehabilitation Unit, is proud to be offering a tailored approach to improving arthritis symptoms in patients.
“The launch of this new unit has allowed us to offer new, diverse services to a greater number of our patients.
“Many Australians aren’t aware that there are simple proactive ways to address arthritis, long before it reaches the point of being a debilitating condition, and ideally preventing that entirely,” said Mr Walker.
With a variety of Allied Health Professionals available, Ramsay Health Care is encouraging Queenslanders currently experiencing arthritis to consider exercise classes which may help to reduce their pain, improve mobility and their mental health.
About the North West Private Hospital Day Patient Rehabilitation Program
North West Private Hospital Day Patient Rehabilitation Program provides excellence in multidisciplinary patient focused care to assist in recovery after illness and surgery. We aim to help each patient optimise their health and independence.
A range of day patient rehabilitation programs are available to eligible privately insured and veteran patients from within North West Private Hospital, other hospitals, and directly from the community.