The Osteoarthritis Healthy Weight For Life™ program, delivered by Prima Health Solutions, is a personalised treatment plan that integrates a range of evidence-based interventions such as:
- weight loss – to reduce the load placed on joints
- muscle strengthening – to help stabilise joints and improve mobility
- range of motion exercises – to reduce joint stiffness and improve physical function
- education and self-management
- non-medication pain management strategies 1,2
The clinical outcomes being achieved by the program include highly significant improvements in knee pain, functions in daily living and symptoms such as stiffness and swelling 3. If you suffer from this chronic pain then help is available at no additional cost when you have hospital cover with us.
What does Osteoarthritis Healthy Weight For Life™ provide?
The 18 week structured program includes:
- KicStart™ very low calorie diet meal replacements.
- portion controlled eating plan
- activity plan with physiotherapist-developed exercises
- allied health team (including nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists and occupational therapists) to guide and support you
For every kilogram of weight we lose, the force applied to our knee joints is reduced by 4 kilograms 4. A person with knee osteoarthritis who loses just 5kg would experience a 20kg reduction in knee-joint load during each step taken.
To be eligible for the program you must have:
- a BMI of 28 or above
- diagnosed knee or hip osteoarthritis with symptoms that have or are likely to require referral for further investigation and
- hospital and extras cover with Doctors’ Health Fund.
So why not talk to your doctor about whether the Osteoarthritis Healthy Weight For Life™ program is right for you? Register here or contact the Healthy Weight For Life team on 1800 226 180. Don’t stand for chronic pain!
1 Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Guideline for the non-surgical management of hip and knee osteoarthritis, 2009, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. 2 McAlindon TE, Bannuru RR, Sullivan MC. OARSI guideline for the non-surgical management of knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 22 (2014) 363-388 3 Atukorala I, Makovey J, Lawler L, Messier S, Bennell K, Hunter D,. Is there a dose response relationship between weight loss and symptom improvement in persons with knee osteoarthritis? Arthritis Care and Research Accepted Article’, doi: 10.1002/acr.22805 4 Messier, S., et al., Weight loss reduces knee-joint loads in overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2005. 52(7): pp 2026-2032