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Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis

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Spotlight On...Arthritis | Hand Program | Osteoporosis Web site | Arthritis Community Research Evaluation Unit (ACREU) | General Orthopaedics

Musculoskeletal health involves the structure and function of bones, muscles and skin. Conditions affecting these tissues can be debilitating and painful, having a serious impact on physical activities and movement.

Disorders of the musculoskeletal system are more common than any other long-term health problem.

Over 20 per cent of Canadians report having musculoskeletal health problems such as arthritis, rheumatism, osteoporosis, systemic lupus
erythematosus and fibromyalgia. Work-related injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome can also affect musculoskeletal systems.

UHN's Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis Program (MHA)
Our MHA program takes a multidisciplinary approach to caring for patients and families. We provide a complete spectrum of care, from disease prevention to the treatment of complex disorders. With more than 2,000 inpatients and 125,000 outpatients treated in 2001, our MHA Program is a provincial and national leader in arthritis (Canada's largest comprehensive program), rheumatology (Canada's largest division, internationally renowned for excellence in clinical care, clinical investigation and basic research), hip/knee replacement (regional leader in complex joint reconstruction and minimally invasive surgery techniques) and hand (province-wide leader in upper extremity replant procedures).

MHA Care Areas

Collaborating to provide complete care
To meet the diverse needs of our patients, our program elements bring together a network of surgeons, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, dieticians, kinesiologists and others. Our programs provide linked services, connecting inpatient wards, clinics and community care access centres.

Improving access and treatment for joint replacement patients
Dr. Nizar Mahomed, Medical Director of the MHA program, led a system-wide initiative to transform access and treatment for patients receiving hip or knee replacements. The Total Joint Network (TJN) received $700,000 over two years from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Twenty-three CEOs from 10 acute care hospitals, five rehabilitation facilities, eight community agencies, the Arthritis Society, GTA Rehab Network and the Ontario Joint Replacement Registry have agreed to collaborate on this important project.

Creation of the TJN is in response to the increased demand for hip and knee surgery. The new model of care includes inpatient and home based rehabilitation after total joint replacement (TJR) surgery. The TJN will increase capacity for TJR procedures by reducing the total length of patient stay in hospital, by improving the integration of the areas of care for TJR and by reducing wait times for surgery.

MHA Links

"Our renowned program successfully integrates excellence in the areas of patient care, research and education to provide a complete spectrum of care - from primary prevention to quaternary care.”
- Dr. Nizar Mahomed, Medical Director, MHA

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