Editorial | November 24th, 2014
I asked the OASIS Clinic for a way for me to let Vancouver Coastal Health and Vancouver General Hospital know how appreciative I am that we have such a resource available. They have given me this email address for feedback.
I have attended the clinic for an initial consultation and assessment. They had gathered information specific to my case: x-ray films, test results, consultations etc.. This resulted in an ongoing treatment plan of specific physiotherapy exercises, treatment and medication recommendations. I then followed up with several of the classes that are offered.
The Instructors are varied for each class according to their area of expertise: physiotherapists; occupational therapists; nurses; and dietitians. I have found all of them to be excellent teachers, both knowledgeable and informative and involved the audience for their voluntary participation of their particular situation, examples and questions as we went along.
Osteoarthritis and the associated health concerns that go with this process is an area that the general public needs to be informed about. Physicians can help with the diagnosis and writing prescriptions but do not have the time or the expertise to educate their patients.
What is wonderful about these classes is that they give people a sense of hope and initiative to find ways to prevent further loss of function. They give people the skills and techniques about how to live a healthy normal life by making changes and demonstrate by examples. The Physiotherapist discussed the origins of arthritis and demonstrated ways in which you can be more active and to lessen the stress and strain on the joints. The Occupational Therapist was most helpful in demonstrating the use of hands on pieces of equipment and instruction of how to use them and where they can be obtained. The Nurses were invaluable with their knowledge of medication and the Dietitian the valuable knowledge of supplements and healthy diet for osteoarthritis. Every class I attended the people/patients were engaged, they participated in the discussion and always were so grateful that they had come to the program.
I believe the message that everyone received was that you can lead a life where immobility and pain, or surgery are not the only alternatives.
I will continue to review the handouts that have been given and look forward to attending the next class.