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Living with inflammatory arthritis

Although there's no cure for inflammatory arthritis, there are many things you can do to reduce pain and stiffness and to help prevent joint damage and disability.

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What can I do?

Who can help?

Financial support

What can I do?

Who can help?

The following people and organisations may be involved in your (or a family member's or friend's) healthcare.


If you need to find a GP, you can search on this map.

Arthritis New Zealand

Arthritis New Zealand can provide information and advice on the day-to-day management of gout and other forms of arthritis.

Christchurch Hospital Rheumatology Department

The Christchurch Hospital Rheumatology Department sees people with arthritis and other rheumatological disorders or diseases, on referral from a GP. If your doctor has referred you, you'll normally be seen at the Rheumatology Outpatients Department.

Private rheumatologist

Find private rheumatologists on Healthpages.

X-ray providers

In Canterbury, X-rays are available at Christchurch and Ashburton hospitals as well as at the following private providers:

(These websites include maps and contact numbers.)

In many cases, your GP will refer you for an X-ray at one of the private providers, but it may be free of charge if funded by the Canterbury DHB. Your GP can also give you a private referral if your X-ray isn't funded and you're able to pay for it.

Physiotherapist and occupational therapists

Ask your GP about options for referral to a physiotherapist or occupational therapist through the public health system. Or you can pay to see a physiotherapist or occupational therapist privately.

Financial support

For information about funding that your GP might be able to use to reduce the cost of your health care, see Funding schemes at your general practice.

To find out about the disability allowance benefit, see Disability allowance for adults.

Transport and parking has information about mobility parking permits, the Total Mobility half-price taxi scheme, and other transport options.

On the next page: Medications for inflammatory arthritis

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by rheumatologist, Department of Rheumatology, Immunology & Allergy, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed December 2017.

Page reference: 48761

Review key: HIRPA-18707