I have been determined to get the weight off and start to move - and live - again! Arthritis no longer rules my life and my mission is to tell someone once a week (in a nice way!) how weight loss has made me feel younger and my mobility has returned. I have seen huge success and I want to say that pain relief and increased mobility are pos¬sible....and well worth the effort. Take the first positive step to achieving your goals with the help of your GP or Practice Nurse - you won’t regret it!
“This is an excellent 2 day study course on the basics of osteoarthritis, how it impacts on quality of life and discussion of effective, simple approaches to help manage the condition * Informative *Interactive *Fun *Excellent presentation Overall, I would highly recommend this course and as a practice nurse it has increased my awareness of the condition, highlighted the high proportion of the population affected and equipped me to offer simple, effective approaches that help improve quality of life.”
The JIGSAW-E project promotes self-management of osteoarthritis amongst patients which encourages them to take a proactive role, understand the fuller implications of living with OA and to feel more ‘in control’ of their symptoms. It helps to lessen pressure on secondary care services, and reduce the need for preventable surgery in some cases.
Patients have reported increased mobility; weight loss; less pain; increased confidence. There is less need for referral to secondary care for potential joint surgery.
Having being diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both knees I was given a booklet titled ‘A guide for people who have osteoarthritis.’ This booklet has been well researched by people from various organisations and sufferers of this painful and distressing condition. I found it to be very informative as it covered all aspects of osteoarthritis, offering not only sound advice on everyday living, but ways and means of coping with associated problems. Its use of simple language made it easy to read and the diagrams were a useful visual aid. All in all a helpful, practical and informative guide that all adults over the age of forty-five with osteoarthritis should have access to.
I would strongly encourage other surgeries and multidisciplinary teams to embrace the project as its implementation has demonstrated positive outcomes in terms of improved quality of life; appropriate use of primary and secondary care services and satisfaction amongst health care professionals.
Patients are the most under used resource in any health care system. But in JIGSAW-E, there are no boundaries between us, we are just one body of people trying to make a difference to those with arthritis across Europe.