I’m a hand therapist who regularly sees people overcoming difficulties with thumb and hand arthritis. It’s possible to make improvements with a willingness to learn new ways of doing things and I’m excited about using social media to share ideas and experiences.
The Bone and Joint Decade was launched to try and address the relatively low numbers of research projects undertaken for musculoskeletal conditions. While 18 percent of all medical consultations were for these types of problems, only 2 percent of the U.S. national research funding was for projects addressing musculoskeletal health. In 2010 the vision for the Bone and Joint Decade was restated as “A world where musculoskeletal health is a priority, where the prevention, treatment and care of any musculoskeletal disorders is of a high standard and consistently accessible in order to improve… the quality of life for people with, or at risk of a musculoskeletal condition.” Let me tell you, we are referring to a massive group of people worldwide.
So how are we doing? Osteoarthritis is still a real problem for a great many people. The researchers are making ground but with a huge increase of people in the community aged over 70, the impact of hand pain on the individual is significant. There are things that you can do to relieve some of these symptoms, including splinting, strengthening and joint protection. I’m hoping to share some recent research from the world of hand therapy and physiotherapy in some upcoming posts. For too long, allied health professionals have been the silent partner at the table, so let’s start sharing…
Until next time,