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The Arthritis Program (TAP)

A Regional Program. A National Resource.

The Arthritis Program (TAP) is an award winning interprofessional program committed to delivering the highest standards in arthritis care. TAP delivers a team-based approach to the assessment, treatment, and education of individuals of all ages who are diagnosed or experiencing symptoms of arthritis. There are over 130 different types of arthritis.

TAP is committed to research as well, and is currently involved in many areas of leading edge arthritis research. Please click here to reach the TAP portal.

Education and Therapeutic Education Programs

A physician referral is required to attend a therapeutic education program. Please click here for a referral form to TAP.

Education and therapeutic education programs offered by TAP include:

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 four week program.

Please click here to reach the TAP portal.

 

TAP offers a comprehensive education and exercise program for individuals with osteoarthritis (OA). Osteoarthritis, or “wear and tear” arthritis as it is often called, is a breakdown or wearing out of the cartilage which provides a cushioning effect at the end of each bone. Symptoms may appear gradually and include pain and stiffness in the hips, knees, and hands. 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. Classroom sessions discuss what OA is, the importance of pain management, exercise, healthy eating, lifestyle management, and the safe use of medications and natural health products.  Every session includes an exercise component to help participants develop a personalized home exercise program. Personal goal setting is encouraged as an integral part of the self-management of OA.  Participants can access members of the team to review and improve the management of their OA.

The program is offered weekly for 6 weeks and also  on weekends over 3 Saturdays. Family members are welcome to attend.

 

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  encourage interaction amongst families which have children living with juvenile arthritis.

 

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 (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, mindfulness meditation and stress reduction techniques, as well as problem solving skills to attain empowerment, self-management and increased emotional well-being.  The program is offered weekly x 6 sessions and also as weekly evening sessions over 5 weeks.

Program sessions include 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 Program is geared to assist patients attain the knowledge and support to help them minimize both the symptoms and the impact of FM.

Through the combined expertise of a professional healthcare team, individuals learn how to successfully self-manage their illness and reduce the impact of symptoms on their lives. Members of the team include:

  • Dietitian
  • Kinesiologist
  • Occupational therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical therapists
  • Rheumatologists (doctors who specialize in treating arthritis)
  • Social worker
  • Clerical staff
  • Volunteers

 

TJS-RAC is a program that provides the necessary assessment for patients considering hip or knee replacement surgery prior to seeing an orthopedic surgeon.  Patients are scheduled for an individual assessment with an Advanced Practice Provider (physiotherapist or occupational therapist).  This comprehensive assessment includes a physical, social and lifestyle history along with a physical examination and review of x-rays.  Those patients determined to be surgical candidates will be forwarded on to the surgeon of their choice or the first available surgeon.   They will also be scheduled to attend an education session called Prehab.  Prehab helps patients to understand what to expect from surgery and provides strategies to prepare for surgery in order to get the best possible outcome.

Everyone who attends the TJS-RAC, whether a surgical candidate or not, will receive valuable information on management strategies for their hip or knee symptoms as well as information on local resources and programs.

TJS-RAC Telephone:
905-895-4521 ext. 2468

Referrals:

Referrals to the Total Joint Solutions – Rapid Assessment Clinic (TJS-RAC) must be made by your primary care provider. Please click here for a referral form.

Central Intake Fax Number: (855) 346-9138

TAP makes a difference

Click here to read a collection of patient stories in honour of TAP’s 25th anniversary.

Community Partnerships

TAP is involved with a number of community partnerships for individuals with arthritis and other chronic diseases to participate in exercise programs. These partnerships are offered in collaboration with Newmarket Parks and Recreation at community and recreation centres in and around the Newmarket area. Registration for these programs is through the Parks and Recreation guide.

For more information about these great partnerships, please refer to the latest issue of the Parks and Recreation guide or visit the Town of Newmarket online.

Chronic Disease Management Programs

Patients of The Arthritis Program can also take advantage of the Wellness Programs offered through our Chronic Diseases Programs. These programs include: stress management and support, healthy eating and weight loss, smoking cessation, and exercise.