New campaign highlights the value of orthopaedics care
April 30, 2012
In order to raise awareness of how proper orthopaedics care can support a healthy workforce, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) launched the A Nation in Motion campaign, which is focused on sharing the success stories of patients who were able to return to their everyday activities because of medical care.
"When orthopaedic surgeons restore mobility and reduce pain, people are able to get back to work and lead independent, productive lives. It is imperative that we preserve access to orthopaedic care as it is key to ensuring that our communities, workforce and economy remain healthy and strong," said John Tongue, M.D., AAOS president.
According to the medical society, bone and joint problems are responsible for 440 million sick days every year. In 2011 alone, 26 million American workers took time off work at some point because these problems.
Patients who have successfully returned to work and other activities because of orthopaedic specialists are invited to share their stories on the campaign's website (anationinmotion.org), which currently features testimonials from individuals ranging from a cancer survivor to a dance instructor who underwent hip replacement surgery.
Furthermore, the website features an interactive game that educates players on orthopaedic care.
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