On September 8th, we celebrate World PT Day 2023, a global event that aims to raise awareness about the importance of physiotherapy in promoting health and wellness. This year's theme is arthritis and the role of physiotherapists in its prevention and management. This follows on from the theme for 2022, which focused on osteoarthritis. The goal of this campaign is to highlight how physiotherapists can help people with arthritis to reduce their pain, improve their mobility, enhance their quality of life, and prevent complications.
Arthritis is a term that refers to a group of conditions that affect the joints and cause pain, stiffness, swelling, and reduced mobility. There are many types of arthritis, but some of the most common ones are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and axial spondyloarthritis. These conditions can have a significant impact on the quality of life of people who live with them, affecting their ability to work, exercise, socialize, and perform daily activities.
Fortunately, our expertly trained physiotherapists can help people with arthritis manage their symptoms, improve their function, and prevent further damage. Physiotherapists are experts in human movement and function who use evidence-based interventions to help people with various health conditions. We can assess, diagnose, treat, and educate people with arthritis, as well as provide advice on lifestyle modifications, exercise programs, assistive
devices, and self-management strategies.
Advanced Physiotherapy clinic owner and physiotherapist, Patrick Embley has extensive experience in the field of arthritis/rheumatology and orthopedics. Patrick worked for over 13+ years at the Mary Pack Arthritis Program - VGH. At the Mary Pack Arthritis Program Patrick was heavily involved in the clinical treatment of many of the different arthritis conditions deemed appropriate for physiotherapy interventions. He worked primarily with the adult population with arthritis conditions but also did some work at BC Children's Hospital for the pediatric rheumatology program. He was also involved in a few different studies with rheumatologists and pharmacists involving clients with osteoarthritis of the knee. Patrick continues to work with many of the rheumatologists and family physicians in the Lower Mainland in the care of their patients who have rheumatological conditions.
Do you suffer from arthritis? You can also join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #WorldPTDay and sharing your stories, experiences, or questions about physiotherapy and arthritis. Let's celebrate the amazing work that physiotherapists do for their patients and communities!
Interested in learning more about how physiotherapy can help you manage your arthritis symptoms? Contact us today!