The current situation has led the USBJI to place more emphasis on ways of offering our programs which do not entail, for the moment, in-person gatherings. It is not the USBJI’s philosophy to allow COVID-19 to slow the need to raise awareness and educate Americans on the prevalence, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of bone and joint disorders. These disorders affect one in two Americans. Our work has not stopped, and we are adapting to circumstances.
Patient education messaging is particularly important and relevant given the current situation – many people with bone and joint disorders, especially those with systemic auto-immune disorders, are concerned with access to their providers and to their medications, among other issues. People with rheumatic diseases face challenges as access to their medical team has been made more difficult (although some may have access to telehealth appointments). They must manage more on their own for the moment. Adherence to prescribed medication at a time like this is equally important. Stay-at-home confinement which makes sedentary behavior more likely is contrary to the daily physical activity recommended by the CDC that people need to remain healthy. Furthermore, patient access to formal in-person physical therapy has been drastically reduced forcing many to look for other alternatives to meet this need. The importance of USBJI programming in meeting patient educational needs is highlighted during this crisis.
Research is the driver to discovering how to improve our knowledge of the novel coronavirus and the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. We appreciate that investigators still have plans for research grant submissions and resubmissions. The USBJI does not want the current situation to delay those plans.
Many organizations are producing and offering information relating to COVID-19, including for people with bone and joint disorders. The following are links to some of those organizations and the information they offer.
International Osteoporosis Foundation - Link to information
Return to Sports and Exercise during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidance for High School and Collegiate Athletic Program - Link to document. Contributing authors, members of The National Athletic Trainers' Association.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (UK) - Link to information
Orthopaedic Trauma Association - FAQs for Patients Regarding Elective Surgery - Link to information