We provide services for:
- OsteoarthritisOsteoarthritis (OA) is a joint disease that affects the cartilage. It is the most common type of arthritis, especially among older people. It can also be called degenerative joint disease. Complex osteoarthritis is when osteoarthritis affects two or more joints.
- All types of inflammatory arthritisInflammatory arthritis is a term used to describe a group of conditions which affect your immune system. This means that your body’s defense system starts attacking your own tissues instead of germs, viruses and other foreign substances, which can cause pain, stiffness and joint damage. They’re also known as autoimmune diseases. The three most common forms of inflammatory arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis..
Service is not provided for most types of soft tissue conditionsSoft tissue conditions include a range of conditions such as tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, trigger finger, plantar fasciitis, etc..
Patients with osteoporosisA condition where bones become less dense and more fragile, which means they break or fracture more easily. are seen in the Osteoporosis Program and patients with fibromyalgiaFibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread pain, tenderness, and stiffness of muscles and associated connective tissue structures that is typically accompanied by fatigue, headache, and sleep disturbances. are seen in the Fibromyalgia Self Management Program.
Patients will need a doctor’s referral to obtain physical therapy and occupational therapy as well as all services in the Treatment Centre, except for the Registered Nurse and Social Worker Counselor.
The Mary Pack Arthritis Program offers a wide variety of health care providers and services to help you manage and treat the physical and psychological impacts of arthritis. The Mary Pack Arthritis Program offers the following on Vancouver Island:
- Physical Therapy (PT)
- Occupational Therapy (OT)
- Registered Nurse
- Social Work Counsellor
To learn more about the role of these professionals in your treatment plan, please visit the Who Do I Need to See page.
Monthly education classes
Classes on a variety of topics are offered by a team of instructors for patients on the wait list or in treatment.
Arthritis education classes can help you learn about the different kinds of arthritis and management techniques. Family members or support persons are welcome to attend these sessions.
- Osteoporosis Rehabilitation Program – This program is for you if who have become less active due to your osteopeniaMild thinning of the bone mass, but not as severe as osteoporosis. Osteopenia is generally considered the first step on the road to osteoporosis. or osteoporosisA condition where bones become less dense and more fragile, which means they break or fracture more easily.. The program runs for 7 sessions and includes education and exercise classes. Class sizes are small to give you individual instruction. There is a small fee of $35.00.
- Fibromyalgia Self Management Program – The FibromyalgiaFibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread pain, tenderness, and stiffness of muscles and associated connective tissue structures that is typically accompanied by fatigue, headache, and sleep disturbances. Self Management Group Program helps you to develop the skills and knowledge to manage your condition and have a better quality of life.
- Stress and Pain Management Course – This course will help you learn effective techniques for reducing stress, tension and worry, for managing pain, and for dealing with the emotional impact of living with your arthritis.
- Weight Management Class – If you have arthritis and have difficulty losing weight or keeping it off, this six-week class will get you started.
- Children’s Program – Provides treatment, counselling, education, and community follow-up services for families with a child or adolescent who has juvenile chronic arthritis.
Appointments are in high demand, and your early cancellation will provide another patient access to timely medical care. To be respectful of the medical needs of other patients, please provide us with 24 hours notice if you can no longer make your appointment.
Cancelling your appointment
To cancel, please call 250-598-2277 within regular business hours.
The Mary Pack Arthritis Program also offers travelling consultation services with a rheumatologist two to four times a year in Alert Bay, Campbell River, Comox, and Port Alberni. The rheumatologist can help diagnose (detect), treat and medically manage patients with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. Visit the Travelling Clinics page for more information.
Arthritis Society services
The Arthritis Society raises money for research and community education. Find information on managing your arthritis at www.arthritis.ca.
Other arthritis services on Vancouver Island
Arthritis services can also be found in the private and public health care system in other Vancouver Island locations. Check the Other Arthritis Services page to learn more about these options.
Victoria Arthritis Centre
2680 Richmond Road, Victoria, BC V8R 4S9
Phone: 250-598-2277 Fax: 250-598-1900
Our building is wheelchair accessible.
Hours of Operation:
M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed on weekends and statutory holidays.
Free Parking with two handicapped spots.
We are on the No. 8 and 14 bus routes.