We focus on primary and secondary prevention - 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure'. CHHM investigators seek to discover cost-effective lifestyle interventions that prevent bone and joint disease across the lifespan
Earlier detection of joint disease will permit interventions that can delay, or obviate, the need for surgical procedures. CHHM researchers are pioneering imaging methods and sophisticated biochemical measures to identify at-risk populations.
The substantial burden of bone and joint disease, and its projected rapid increase with the demographic changes in society, means that innovative treatment methods are crucial. CHHM treatment research includes lifestyle interventions and better access to pharmacological interventions.
Approximately 4,000 hip fractures occur in BC each year leading to 1,000 deaths (20% of seniors who suffer a hip fracture die within one year). In British Columbia over 2,400 hip replacement surgeries were performed in osteoarthritis (OA) a painful disease that affects 1 in 10 Canadian adults and 85% of Canadians over 75 years of age. The incidence of OA in British Columbia is predicted to increase by 124% by the year 2031.
As the burden of bone and joint disease is projected increase with the demographic changes in society, it means that innovative treatment methods are crucial. The Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM) represents a collaboration of scientists and clinicians from across disciplines who, together seek to solve the problem of arthritis, fall related fractures and to advance related surgical innovations through our research themes of: Arthritis, Fracture Prevention, Surgical Solutions, and Knowledge Translation.