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Kim Hor suffered from chronic arthritis for years, causing her debilitating pain and leaving her on the verge of stopping work.
Despite trying a cocktail of anti-inflammatory drugs, it wasn't until Kim signed up for the online-based Healthy Weight for Life program, that she saw both a significant improvement in her pain, as well as an amazing weight loss of 14.5 kilos.
"I can't speak highly enough of the program and the support it provided. I'm back at work now and managing daily tasks with ease. It's a big difference to how I was living my life last year," Mrs Hor said.
"In the past I focused on pain management rather than addressing the root cause. In achieving the weight loss result that I have and seeing the impact this has made on my pain levels I have definitely developed a new perspective and level of motivation," she added.
And Kim's not the only one experiencing these types of incredible results.
The 18-week program aims to show the correlation between weight loss, healthy living and pain management and guides participants to make changes to their exercise regime and nutrition. Since it launched in 2010, 7,400 people with knee or hip osteoarthritis have completed the program, averaging a weight loss of 7.5%. The program is fully funded by nib and is one of our integrated care programs offered to help customers improve their overall health and wellbeing and stay out of hospital.
Luke Lawler, CEO and Scientific Director of Prima Health Solutions Pty Ltd, heads up the Healthy Weight for Life program and said the program provided interesting insights on weight loss and pain management.
"Data from those who have completed the program demonstrates that improvement in osteoarthritis symptoms is related to the actual percentage of weight a person loses irrespective of their starting BMI," said Mr Lawler.
"This is a really important message, as most GPs recommend people strive to reach what is classed a normal weight. This goal is impossible for some and as a result, they give up, and it gets placed in the too-hard basket.
"There’s no magic number when it comes to weight loss and improvement in the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Each case must be treated as a standalone and patients need to follow a tailored program that addresses their needs, taking into account their mobility and how weight loss translates to a reduction in the overall pain levels experienced," he added.
Provided free of charge to eligible nib customers, Healthy Weight for Life is an online-based specialised knee and hip osteoarthritis management program that focuses on addressing weight management in a bid to improve joint pain experienced by nib customers and reduce or delay the need for joint replacement surgery until absolutely necessary.