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It would be tough to find anything that 90% of Canadians have in common. But try this: some sources estimate that as many as nine out of ten of us wi ...

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Orthopaedic ailments strike nine in ten

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(NC)-It would be tough to find anything that 90% of Canadians have in common. But try this: some sources estimate that as many as nine out of ten of us will require orthopaedic treatment at some point in our lives. As noted by the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation, bone and joint injuries and disorders affect millions of Canadians of all ages:

• Musculoskeletal system disorders (e.g. arthritis, rheumatism, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis) are the leading cause of disability in Canada.

• Arthritis is already the number four disease in health spending (almost 10% of hospital admissions in Canada are related to arthritis), and is expected to affect 6.4 million Canadians within 25 years.

• Demand for hip and knee replacements will double within the next 10-15 years.

• Injuries result in over 2 million days in hospital each year - more from falls than all other causes combined.

The good news? "A high percentage of orthopaedic ailments are entirely avoidable," says Angelique Berg, executive director of the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation.

Consider, for example, that 90% of knee replacement and 80% of hip replacement patients are either overweight or obese. Or that osteoporosis, which affects 1.4 million Canadians, is preventable through bone-building nutrition and activity. Just preventing knee injuries alone could reduce osteoarthritis of the knee by at least 20%.

The overall numbers may be high, says Berg - "Yet diet, fitness and injury prevention can cut the risks of bone and joint conditions just as dramatically."

For more on keeping your bones and joints healthy, check the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation's website, www.canorth.org.

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