This Wellness Wednesday we are bringing awareness to arthritis as we are coming down the home stretch preparing for Sunday. The Walk to Cure Arthritis, at the UH Manoa Campus Center. We have Doctor Scott McCaffrey, 2018 Walk to Cure Arthritis Medical Honoree
A Boulder, Colorado native who practiced emergency medicine for over fifteen years, Dr. Scott McCaffrey, moved to Hawaii and founded the Work Star Injury Recovery Center in 1990 at Queens Medical Center West in Leeward Oahu.
Shortly thereafter, upon extensive research he developed the Aquatherapy Center at PT Hawaii-Waipahu. His concepts have evolved into a multiple location, integrative rehabilitation program which address the needs of patients with acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries and rheumatological disorders. A strong advocate of water-based care, Dr. McCaffrey has been a pioneer in aquatic therapy through development of a 100,000 gallon indoor, solar heated, salt water pool facility in Leeward Oahu. By reducing gravity through buoyancy, this approach has proven especially effective in people with spinal injuries, multiple regional trauma disorders and multiple joint arthritic dysfunction.
We talked to doctor and asked -
Q: Why is it important for people to be made aware of arthritis?
A: Arthritis is not a single disease, it's an informal way to referring to joint paint. Others have their own stories that tie to the 100 different types of arthritis.
Q: Is it true arthritis only occurs to older people?
A: False. At any age arthritis can affect someone either because of obesity, age, genetics. We need to find a cure because more people are affected than you think.
Q: Over 50 million Americans and 300,000 children are battling arthritis everyday. How is the Walk To Cure Arthritis event going to help some of those people?
A: All the money made from this Sunday's walk stays in Hawaii and goes toward patient education, a summer camp for kids living with arthritis and research to find a cure.
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