Bone and joint health
Stiff joints, broken bones, and the mobility problems that ensue clearly represent physical troubles. But this basic experience offers a seedbed for many other personal and societal impacts. Bone and joint conditions substantially hamper the quality of life of hundreds of thousands of Canadians. Diseases of bone and joints represent a tremendous challenge for service providers and policy leaders who aim to deliver care against a backdrop of spiralling medical costs.
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. Similarly, earlier detection of those at risk of fall-related fractures can allow cost-effective targeting of interventions.
The Centre for Hip Health and Mobility exists to improve the lives of Canadians by minimizing the impact of painful arthritis and fall-related fractures. Our Centre aims to optimize health in childhood and minimize the loss of function generally associated with adulthood and aging. Our research focuses on prevention, detection, and improved treatment of bone and joint diseases so that Canadians can enjoy the freedom that comes with mobility.
Critically, CHHM is focused on health impact – also called knowledge translation and exchange. The practical needs of ordinary Canadians and their care providers drive CHHM research. CHHM investigators collaborate extensively with partners across universities, with the private sector and also with all levels of government. Our partnerships enhance our ability to identify relevant and timely health problems and share cutting edge practices. They also help promote the diffusion and uptake of CHHM discoveries.