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Education and Therapeutic Programs
Inflammatory Arthritis 
Inflammatory Arthritis is a complex disease which can affect many joints as well as systems of the body. If left untreated, damage to the joints may occur quickly. There are many types of inflammatory arthritis including: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and Psoriatic Arthritis and many more. Common symptoms may include joint swelling, pain, stiffness and general fatigue.

The Inflammatory Arthritis program is designed to increase the patient’s understanding of their disease and to work with the team to help bring the disease into remission. Individual assessments are completed to determine the treatment needs. Treatment includes education and comprehensive rehabilitation for individuals with inflammatory arthritis and their family.

Patients also receive regular monitoring assessments with a pharmacist, physical therapist and occupational therapist. Rheumatologists are closely linked with the program and offer their expertise to team members and patients as part of the two week program as well as individually on an as needed basis.


Osteoarthritis 
TAP offers education and treatment classes to individuals with osteoarthritis (OA).   Osteoarthritis, or “wear and tear” arthritis as it is often called, is a breakdown or wearing out of the cartilage that provides a cushioning effect at the end of each bone. Symptoms may be gradual and include pain and stiffness in such joints as the hips, and knees. Osteoarthritis can also occur in the spine, at the end of the fingers, and at the base of the thumbs.  . 

The overall purpose of the classes is to increase the patient’s knowledge of their disease and to help them improve their quality of life. This program includes education sessions to discuss the disease, exercise, weight control, lifestyle challenges and medication. It also includes a gradually intensified exercise program for each patient.   Participants will work with members of the team to determine an individualized treatment program. Family members are welcome to attend! 


Juvenile Arthritis 
TAP’s Juvenile Arthritis program is designed for children 18 years of age and under. The program provides assessment and treatment and as required, works as a liaison with the Hospital for Sick Children, and the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. TAP works with local paediatricians, community agencies and schools to ensure that the child with arthritis can excel in their everyday activities.
 
Treatment may include exercises in a therapeutic pool and most importantly joint movement through fun activities. Children are monitored and treated throughout the progression of their disease. As treatments can vary, the program educates parents on how to provide daily care for their child and how to recognize when the skills of a health care professional are required. In addition to a strong belief in education, the program’s staff also encourage interaction amongst families which have children living with juvenile arthritis. 


Osteoporosis 
Osteoporosis is a silent, painless disease where, over time, a bone becomes fragile due to bone loss and strength. If undetected and untreated, it can gradually result in the bone breaking and a variety of complications.

TAP offers education classes for individuals with osteoporosis and osteopenia. These classes are designed to teach individuals how to maximize their function through exercise, diet, lifestyle changes and medication. The program is designed to increase a participant’s knowledge and to reduce the risk of bone breakage (fracture).

Participants are invited to attend a workshop which includes lectures and demonstrations by members of the treatment team. Family members are welcome to attend.


Fibromyalgia 
Fibromyalgia (FM) produces widespread pain which affects women more often than men.  Symptoms may include but are not limited to generalized aching, poor sleep, stiffness upon waking and fatigue throughout the day.  TAP offers assessment and education to individuals with fibromyalgia through an education program.  This education program offers information on self management of symptoms and strategies on how individuals can successfully reach their personal goals. 
 
Individuals attending the Fibromyalgia Education Program learn about a number of topics through interactive sessions with a team of professionals including:  a rheumatologist, pharmacist, social worker, occupational therapist, physiotherapist and kinesiologist.  Topics covered in the program include:  medication options, exercise theory and techniques, lifestyle management, as well as problem solving skills to attain empowerment, self-management and increased emotional well-being. 
 
Each of the program sessions includes an exercise component where exercises are demonstrated and practiced to ensure that participants know the right way and methods to complete their exercise.  The Fibromyalgia Education Porgram is geared to assist patients attain the knowledge and support to help them minimize both the symptoms and the impact of FM.
Southlake Regional Health Centre
596 Davis Drive, Newmarket, Ontario   L3Y 2P9
Tel: 905-895-4521   |   TTY: 905-952-3062
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