Your Arthritis Treatment Team

There is no question that the key player in your treatment team is you. You have what may be the most demanding role in your care. You have to learn how to pay close attention to the signals your body is sending and learn everything you can about your disease – what it is, how it can affect you, what role medications and other treatments play; how proper nutrition and exercise can help, and how to balance activities to help reduce fatigue.
 
Having arthritis isn’t easy, but learning as much as you can about your particular type of arthritis and actively working with your arthritis treatment team are two very effective ways of regaining control over your life. Remember that you’re not alone: take advantage of the help, advice, expertise and experience of the members of your treatment team.
 
Below you will find a list various types of healthcare professionals and the duties they provide. Please keep in mind that the services of a number of these professionals are provided to all Canadians as part of the Canada Health Act, but some are only covered by certain provincial or territorial health plans or under employer or private insurance plans.
 
A referral from your GP may be required to get payment for the service from your private insurance plan.   
 
 
 
Where to get started with your treatment team?
Family physician or general practitioner
Nurse
Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Internist/ internal medicine specialist
Rheumatologist
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dermatologist
Occupational therapist
Physiotherapist
Social worker
Pharmacist
Dietician
Chiropractor
Registered massage therapist
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