Being able to move and be active is undoubtedly an important part of your life – whether it’s golfing with friends, recovering from an accident, training for a triathlon or coaching your daughter’s soccer team. What would life be like if even the gentlest of movements caused excruciating pain? This is the reality for millions of Canadians whose work, family and personal lives are derailed by debilitating back pain, chronic joint pain or a traumatic orthopaedic injury.
When you think “Orthopaedics program,” what springs to mind? Maybe a hip or knee replacement in a patient with arthritis, or perhaps a fractured bone that needs to be fixed. But that’s only part of a very large picture.
The Orthopaedics Program at LHSC is multi-faceted, with separate yet connected Clinical Teaching Units that treat a wide variety of patients, including young people, athletes and others who may have suffered sports injuries, illness or accidents. The Orthopaedics team cares for patients with bone, muscle and joint health issues and focuses on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, surgery, rehabilitation and education.
Did you know that joint injury – from sport or another form of trauma – affects many young Canadians, causing chronic pain, stiffness and a vastly reduced quality of life? Amazingly, the standard of care for post-traumatic osteoarthritis is still symptom management, until the time is right for a joint replacement later in life – years or even decades down the road.
LHSC has a plan to change this. The Joint Regeneration Research team will develop innovative osteoarthritis treatments with the goal of bringing new therapies directly to the patient clinic.
They will investigate replacing a patient’s damaged joint tissue with healthy human-donor tissue, as well as regenerative therapies and using a patient’s own stem cells to repair a damaged joint.
This important research will provide world-leading care to people from across Ontario who require specialist treatment to maintain their joint function – preventing the disability that often results from joint injury and returning patients to their active lives.
Your support will allow our Hospital’s skilled physicians to take orthopaedic care to the next level for joint replacement, spine, sport medicine and trauma patients.