Campaign highlights the impact of orthopaedic problems on disability rates
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has launched its Nation in Motion Campaign, in which the organization highlights how orthopaedic care helps people get back on their feet and back to work.
The effort will highlight the cases of individual patients whose lives have changed for the better simply because of treatments for bone, joint and foot problems.
“More than one in four Americans have bone or joint health problems, making these health concerns the greatest cause of lost work days in the United States,” said John R. Tongue, M.D., AAOS president.
The organization reported that 29 percent of workplace injuries stemmed from orthopaedic issues and required time away from work – adding up to an estimated 440 million days per year. Additionally, the number of disability claims stemming from bone and joint problems is on the rise.
Individuals with orthopaedic problems should seek treatment immediately. For relatively minor issues like bunions or hammer toe, non-invasive means of correction – such as bunion splints or orthotics – may help alleviate pain and promote mobility.