Thanksgiving is nearly upon us. And while it’s definitely a time for celebration and spending time with those we love, we want to remember to be grateful for our good health and physical mobility.
Unfortunately, not everyone can enjoy the holidays. Millions of people suffer from painful orthopedic conditions and they need our help and yours to get through the day – from information on how to manage their conditions to physical therapy or other, more serious health interventions.
A few facts to consider:
- Musculoskeletal conditions are reported by U.S. citizens more than any other health condition.*
- Musculoskeletal disorders account for nearly 70 million physician office visits in the United States annually. **
- Musculoskeletal disorders are associated with high costs to employers such as absenteeism, lost productivity, and increased health care, disability, and worker’s compensation costs.**
- The Institute of Medicine estimates of the economic burden of work-related musculoskeletal disorders between $45 and $54 billion annually**
The sheer scope of this health problem – which will grow as we all age – is the reason we are here. We’re committed to serving our community through education and research that can improve the lives of people coping with musculoskeletal conditions – and better equip the medical professionals of today and tomorrow with the skills and insights needed to provide superior nonsurgical care required as our population ages.
So this Thanksgiving may we offer a gentle request to think about those who may not have it as easy due to physical ailments – and to take care of ourselves and those we love? And of course, to be thankful as always for good health.
Happy Thanksgiving … and remember to take a nice stroll after dinner. ☺
Your JOF Team
*United States Bone & Joint Initiative
**Centers for Disease Control