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BreakingSep 8, 2022

The physiotherapist's role in treating osteoarthritis heralded in World PT Day events

World Physiotherapy is encouraging its member organisations and physiotherapists around the world to celebrate World PT Day today (8 September). The focus for this year’s World PT Day is osteoarthritis, while the focus shift to other rheumatological conditions next year.

World PT Day World PT Day is held every year on 8 September, the day World Physiotherapy was founded in 1951. The London-based body has a total of 125 member organisations, through which it says it represent 685,00 physiotherapists.

One of the key messages being promoted around the world today is that exercise and physical activities are safe and evidence-based first line management strategies for osteoarthritis. These can delay or prevent joint replacement delay or prevent functional decline reduce joint pain. Osteoarthritis is the most common joint condition, 520 million people have the condition worldwide, a toolkit published in the run-up to today's event noted. 

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World Physiotherapy wants the hashtag #WorldPTDay to be used to publicise all events

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World Physiotherapy's toolkit of materials for member organisations to support physiotherapists in their World PT Day activities includes

  • posters: to display in public places
  • information sheets to display and distribute to patients and the public

To all my amazing physio colleagues across the world, thinking of you and thanking you for all the work you do to improve people's quality of movement and their lives [Melrose Stewart]

Earlier today physiotherapist Alex Spearritt, posting as @ScouseAHPLeader, issued a tweet wishing a happy World Physiotherapy Day to 'all the amazing physios, support workers and A&C teams supporting them'.  

Physiotherapist Melrose Stewart tweeted: 'To all my amazing physio colleagues across the world, thinking of you and thanking you for all the work you do to improve people's quality of movement and their lives.'

James Armstrong tweeted: 'Physiotherapy has offered me so many phenomenal opportunities for which I’ll forever be grateful! From changing careers 6 yrs ago to now being a Snr MSK NHS Physio, running my own practice & just back from the Commonwealth Games! Physiotherapy you are simply the best!'

And Bedford Hospital tweeted: 'Physiotherapist Abi supports stroke and neurology patients. “I enjoy supporting patients throughout their hospital journey to enable them to regain as much function as possible. It's the most rewarding job!” Abi, thank you for putting our patients first!'

For more information, visit: https://world.physio/wptday

Author: Ian A McMillan
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