TBI Health understand that living with Osteoarthritis can prevent you from doing the things you love. We are running a rehabilitation service called Hip and Knee Mobility Action Program for people that are developing hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA).
Our program will give you the tools to help you manage your condition. And you’ll be educated on how you can stay active and get on with doing the activities you love.
What does the Osteoarthritis Program consist of?
The Osteoarthritis Program (OA Program) is a TBI Health initiative currently available to people living in the Hutt Valley (Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt) who are developing hip or knee Osteoarthritis.
Patients receive an initial assessment with one of our Physiotherapists and work through a series of educational modules and exercise sessions each week to help you understand your condition.
The program is provided by a team of health professionals including:
- Occupational Therapists
- Exercise Physiologists
- Arthritis New Zealand Educators
How long does the program take to complete?
The program runs over a six week period and includes physio assessments and weekly exercise sessions. On completion, you will be helped to integrate into support services that are currently available within the community. This includes the Green Prescription and Arthritis New Zealand support.
Who can access the program and how much does it cost?
This program is available for patients living in the Hutt Valley (Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt).
The program is fully funded by Hutt Valley DHB if you have a Community Services Card, Gold Card or are in need of financial assistance to access the program.
If you don’t qualify for funding, the cost is $155 for the full 6 week program.
A crucial part of the Mobility and Action program is to equip our participants with a wide array of knowledge and information on their condition/diagnosis. This is typically done through group education seminars and include presentations from a number of different practitioners including: Physiotherapists, Nutritionists, Pharmacists, Psychologists and Arthritis New Zealand. For a full list of these presentations and when they are held, please click here.
Our group education seminars are currently held at:
The Ricoh Centre
237 Taita Drive
How can I get onto this program?
Please discuss our Osteoarthritis Program with your Doctor or Health Professional. You can also access the program directly through contacting Rory Martin on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 04 570 2639 and enquire about our “OA program”.
Tips on keeping active with OA
For some tips on staying active while living with osteoarthritis, see our latest blog post.
I am a health professional – how do I get more information or make a referral?
If you are a health professional and would like to discuss our OA initiative in more detail, please contact the TBI Health Clinic Manager in your region.