Shriners Hospitals for Children Supports Bone and Joint Awareness Week
TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Conditions involving the bones, joints and muscles affect millions of people around the world. In the United States alone, more than half of all injuries, and more than 3 million hospitalizations annually, are due to musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. Shriners Hospitals for Children has joined forces with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the National Athletic Trainers' Association and many others, to promote the United States Bone and Joint Awareness Week, October 12-20, a nationwide campaign to improve the quality of life for people with problems of the bones, joints and muscles. The effort is part of the United States Bone and Joint Decade (USBJD) 2002 - 2011, a campaign aimed at raising awareness, seeking new treatments and educating the public on musculoskeletal conditions. Shriners Hospitals, one of the premier pediatric hospital networks in the world, is the first network to support the efforts of the USBJD. Shriners has been treating children with musculoskeletal conditions since 1922, and in 2001 alone, admitted more than 22,000 children for orthopaedic care. Since its inception, Shriners Hospitals has been at the forefront of understanding musculoskeletal problems associated with childhood injuries and conditions. Each year, Shriners Hospitals distributes information on preventing domestic lawnmower accidents. The campaign's focus is to help curb the number of accidents involving children. In the late 1970s, Shriners saw the need for specialized care and rehabilitation for children suffering from spinal cord injuries. In 1980, Shriners opened the first spinal cord injury rehabilitation unit for children at the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital. Today, three Shriners Hospitals contain spinal cord rehabilitation units. The Shriners' network includes 19 orthopaedic hospitals located throughout North America, three burns hospitals and one that treats children with orthopaedic problems, burns and spinal cord injuries. "Most people don't understand the extent to which musculoskeletal diseases affect the population, particularly children," said Dr. Peter F. Armstrong, director of medical affairs for Shriners Hospitals for Children. "By working together with both the Bone and Joint Decade and other involved organizations, Shriners Hospitals hope to raise awareness and improve treatment through continuing education and research." Shriners Hospitals also promote the USBJD's efforts to increase global funding for prevention activities and treatment research. Shriners' researchers have conducted extensive studies in understanding problems associated with musculoskeletal conditions in children. In 2002, $24 million has been allocated to Shriners Hospitals' medical research program, while $1.5 million has been allocated to clinical outcomes research. Many of the projects focus on bone and joint disorders. Since the first Shriners Hospital opened in 1922, more than 675,000 children with orthopaedic problems and burn injuries have received some of the best medical care in the world. The 22 Shriners Hospitals provide care totally without charge to children up to their 18th birthday. The Shrine of North America, an international fraternity with approximately 500,000 members in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Republic of Panama, founded the hospital system. If you know a child Shriners Hospitals might be able to help, call 1-800-237-5055 in the U.S.; 1-800-361-7256 in Canada; or visit www.shrinershq.org. For more information, contact: MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X84188282
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