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Is your sport likely to result in arthritis?

Arthritis: A woman doing ribbon gymnasticsRio 2016 concluded Sunday with Canada winning 4 gold medals, 3 silver medals, and 15 bronze medals. Athletes in the Olympics are passionate about the sport they love and have devoted their life to training and excelling in their sport. We should be reminded that the display of skills and excellence, though as entertaining and thrilling as they are to spectators, could result in arthritis for the athletes down the road as injuries progresses and frequency of injuries increase. In light of this, Arthritis Olympic Village would love to thank all the athletes who participated in the Olympic games. Your selfless, determined, and passionate attitude towards the sport you love is an inspiration to us all. Continue reading

Wrist injury in table tennis can lead to wrist arthritis

Ping Pong racket and netInjury to wrist joints can lead to post traumatic wrist arthritis. According to the International Journal of Table Tennis Sciences, the most common areas of injury in table tennis players are the lower back, knee joint, wrist joint, shoulder joint, and ankle joint. These types of injuries can be avoided by keeping training sessions short and using the proper technique. Continue reading

Rosie MacLennan leads Team Canada into Rio2016 Opening Ceremony

King City resident Rosie MacLennan, trampoline gymnast and defending Olympic gold-medal winner, will be the flag bearer for Team Canada in the Rio 2016 Olympic opening ceremony.

The Canadian Olympic Official Team interviewed MacLennan about her role as a flag bearer and what it means to give your everything. When asked about the honour of being a flag bearer, she said: “The Olympic movement is something that has inspired me since I was really young and those values of respect, integrity, and excellence are things that really hit home so to be able to represent those values and be from a country that holds those values very highly is exciting.”

Respect, integrity, and excellence are values that should be applied to the patient-rheumatologist therapy conversation.

  • Respect can be observed in how rheumatologists talk to their patients. In what is coined as motivational interviewing in the healthcare industry, registered psychologist Michael Vallis of Dalhousie University recommends that rheumatologists should pose questions about medical adherence to patients in a non-judgemental and encouraging way. Patients should feel at ease about voicing their concerns about their treatment therapy.
  • Integrity plays an import role in disease outcome. It is crucial that a patient informs their doctor about arthritic symptoms that they may be experiencing. Once a doctor suspects a patient has arthritis, the patient should be referred to a rheumatologist in a timely manner. Early and aggressive treatment in arthritis can prevent further joint damage. Patients can also write letters to their government to ensure everyone has fair access to medications.
  • Excellence in the healthcare community is ambiguous; there is no single treatment therapy that works the same for everyone. Patients, friends, families, and healthcare professionals can work as a team to achieve “excellence” – keeping your arthritis under control and in remission, and helping you live a pain-free life.
Picture of Rosie MacLennan - Rio 2016 Olympic

Photo from: Springfree Trampoline/James Heaslip Photo (http://www.yorkregion.com/sports-story/6793106-5-facts-you-might-not-know-about-olympic-flagbearer-rosie-maclennan/)

“Give your everything means wanting it enough to do whatever it takes. So…on a day to day training, giving that extra little bit when your muscles are sore and pushing for that extra turn. It means that when others would give up, you’re still there.” – Rosie MacLennan

As we cheer on Team Canada, let’s remember to “give your everything” (minus the “giving that extra little bit when your muscles are sore and pushing for that extra turn”) and remind others that people living with arthritis can remain active and become “Olympians” in their own ways.

It’s time to hang out in the Arthritis Olympic Village!

Celebrate the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics by joining us in the virtual Arthritis Olympic Village. 
Arthritis Olympic Village FB BannerArthritis Broadcast Network (powered by Arthritis Consumer Experts) invites you to join us between August 5-21 in our virtual “Arthritis Olympics Village” Facebook page. In honour of an Olympic event happening each day, the village will share inspirational stories on:

  • Athletes living with arthritis who have excelled or continue to excel at their sports
  • Injury prevention and risks associated with certain sports
  • Athletes and what they can do to advocate for the well-being of people living with arthritis
  • Which specific sports may benefit people living with arthritis

It’s time to recognize and promote that people living with arthritis can remain active and become “Olympians” in their own eyes.

Come hang out and experience the Arthritis Olympics Village: Continue reading

Looking for champions in the Canadian arthritis community

Qualman-Davies LogoLast call for Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award

Friday, August 26 is the deadline to nominate an outstanding leader for the Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award in honour of Canada’s earliest pioneers in arthritis advocacy – Ann Qualman and Jim Davies – whose efforts contributed to the well-being and future of millions of Canadians.

Support the people that are making a difference in Canada by nominating an individual for the Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award.

To submit a nomination, please follow the four steps listed below.

  1. Obtain the prospective nominee’s consent to be nominated prior to submitting this form.
  2. Click here for the nomination form.
  3. Provide the completed nomination form to the nominee for their review for accuracy and obtain their signature on the document.
  4. Submit the form to feedback@jointhealth.org.

This year’s recipient of the Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award will be honoured at the Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s Annual Conference Gala on October 27, 2016 in Montréal, Quebec.

Correction to July 12’s JointHealth™ insight

Correction for apremilast (Otezla®) listing in the Ontario drug formulary

A reference in the July 12, 2016 online publication of JointHealth™ insight referred incorrectly to the listing of apremilast (Otezla®) for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis in the Ontario drug formulary as “declined.” The medication should be listed as “under review” as it is still under consideration for reimbursement.

Click here to see the updated Report Card.

We want to hear from you. If you have been affected by the delayed review of apremilast (Otezla®), please contact us at feedback@jointhealth.org.