Winter 2022 (Volume 32, Number 4)
Early Diagnosis and
By Trish Barbato, President and CEO, Arthritis Society Canada
I love the new year. There’s renewed energy and an opportunity
to focus on key priorities.
We all know early diagnosis and treatment are critical
to minimizing joint damage and disability in people
with arthritis. That’s why we’re launching a campaign in
January to encourage people to take action at the first
signs of joint pain. Rolling out over social media, our
campaign will encourage Canadians to take our symptom
checker online, discuss any symptoms with their
healthcare professionals, and take steps now to self-manage
We were excited to announce in November the results
of our first Community Action Grants competition.
From radio programs in Igloolik, Nunavut, to movement
classes in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, the grants
are investing in local solutions, giving people with
arthritis an opportunity to connect and thrive in ways
that are meaningful to them. We look forward to sharing
the outcomes of these first-time projects in coming
As 2023 begins, please continue to refer your patients
to the wealth of resources at arthritis.ca. Our recent
Arthritis Talks webinars have focused on fibromyalgia
and arthritis, arthritis in the back and neck and assistive
devices for arthritis. We’ve also introduced a six-episode
yoga series adapted for people with arthritis with or without
prior yoga experience.
I’m excited to be participating in person at February’s
Annual Scientific Meeting in Quebec City. I look forward
to reconnecting with — and meeting — many of you there.