Osteoarthritis Management Program
Hans Lee is a physio and is the Co-ordinator of the Hunters Hill Private Hospital Osteoarthritis Management Program (OAMP).
What is the OAMP, and how long does it go for?
The Osteoarthritis (OA) Management Program is a multidisciplinary program for individuals suffering from OA in the hips and knees. It is a conservative treatment program and its objectives are to equip patients with knowledge to self-manage the condition long-term and prolong the need for surgical intervention.
Each patient is enrolled in the program for up to 12 months, with up to 10 weeks of supervised group exercise sessions and consultations with relevant allied health professionals (e.g. physiotherapists, dietitians, occupational therapist).
Patients return for review assessments at 3, 6 and 12 months and are offered ongoing support on the management of their OA.
What are the benefits of the program?
Patients of the program are expected to experience a reduction in pain and improvements in functional ability and capacity; comorbidities and other health conditions; and overall quality of life.
Who is suitable for the program?
Individuals with hip and/or knee OA who would like to delay the need for surgical intervention.
Is it covered by health funds?
Yes, for individuals with hospital cover.
What happens when a patient finishes the program?
Once physically suitable for discharge, patients are referred to appropriate community-based programs for ongoing care as part of the OAMP’s ongoing management plan.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love seeing individuals regaining their strength and accomplishing their personal goals. For example, many patients are able to return to doing what they enjoy (e.g. golf, gardening) and are relieved by the fact that they are capable of managing the condition on their own.
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