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Osteoarthritis (OA) service in the Hutt Valley and MidCentral regions

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The Government has invested $6 million over the next three years to help improve care for people with musculoskeletal health conditions nationwide.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) recently selected TBI Health to provide a new osteoarthritis (OA) service in the Hutt Valley and MidCentral regions.

Mr James McBride has completed TBI Health’s Mobility in Action Programme, and now has a better understanding of what pain is okay, and when to rest. After experiencing some frustrations before being referred on to TBI Health, he was struggling with pain and discomfort.

“It was either find a solution or end up at the hospital. I was experiencing a lot of pain and was limited during the day. The pain started to affect my work to the point where sometimes I couldn’t move, and my boss noticed. Pain relief wasn’t helping and I felt really frustrated. I tried a different GP who recommended me to the programme.

By getting me away from the TV, I have been going out to the gym three times a week instead of being a couch potato, and it is making me feel good. I never thought I would be the type of person to go to a gym, but now I am, and I am really enjoying it.”

TBI Health’s Mobility in Action Programme (MAP) has been designed for people that are developing hip or knee OA, and is either free or heavily subsidised. Patients can learn how to manage their condition effectively and get back to the activities they love.

To learn more about TBI Health’s Mobility in Action Programme, refer to www.tbihealth.co.nz/map or discuss Mobility in Action with your Doctor or Health Professional to determine if you can be referred.

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