The Singapore Physiotherapy Association (SPA) celebrates World Physiotherapy Day (PT Day) yearly on the 8th of September.
This date was designated as World PT Day in 1996 by World Physiotherapy, which was founded on that very date in 1951.
SPA World PT Day Theme 2022
The focus of World PT Day 2022 is to promote the role of physiotherapists in the prevention of osteoarthritis (OA) and in the management of people affected by OA. Being the most common form of arthritis, OA affects up to 10% of adults and 20% of the elderly population in Singapore1. Also known as a degenerative joint disease, OA happens when articular cartilage breaks down within a joint, causing underlying bone changes. These arthritic changes that frequently develop over the hands, hips and knees may worsen over time - causing pain, stiffness and swelling that in turn limit and impair physical function2.
In tandem with World Physiotherapy, SPA hopes to advocate for the importance of physical activity and exercise in the prevention and management of OA. This advocacy is a continuum and extension of last year's theme for Singaporeans to #GetUpGetActive.
To address the prevention and management of OA, possible interventions could include:
(i) [S]trength and conditioning, (ii) [P]ain management, (iii) [A]dvocating lifestyle changes.
This pillared SPA's theme for World PT Day 2022, as we celebrate our unity and solidarity with the global physiotherapy community.
The association continues to advocate for the role of physiotherapy in various aspects of our lives and encourages people to 'Choose Physio'. Through this campaign, we hope to highlight the unique and diverse roles that physiotherapists play across different population.
Arthritis & Exercise: At the Gym
by Physiotherapists from Alexandra Health (AH)
Do you experience knee pain? Are you afraid that exercising at the gym would make the pain worse? You don't have to be! Instead, a lack of exercise can actually make your joints even more painful and stiff.
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Fight Osteoarthritis with NHGP!
Aging and Osteoarthritis
by Physiotherapists from MINDS
As we celebrate World Physiotherapy Day, let us recognise the importance of physiotherapists in the prevention of osteoarthritis and the work they do to help our clients and their families manage physiological ailments.
Pain and Balance
by Physiotherapists from Parkway Rehab
Parkway Rehab has more than 40 years of history in Singapore. Comprehensive care is provided under one roof, with an extensive team of:
Every year on the 8th of September, Parkway Rehab celebrates "Rehab Day" with the entire team. Amidst the celebrations, this day marks a moment for all to remind themselves as to why they have chosen their specific profession.
This year, the members of the public were also engaged through a public education forum on "Pain (Are you in Pain?) and Balance (Do you need a balance check?). Participants were engaged in educational quizzes as well as four simple balance tests.
An infographic on "Making Sense of Pain" was also released through IHH Healthcare Singapore's Facebook, providing tips on pain management for better Quality of Life (Click on photo below to view).
Wishing all a Happy World Physiotherapy Day 2022!
Exercises at Home
by Physiotherapists from SGH Department of Physiotherapy (SGH)
Regular exercise has been shown to have positive impact on both physical and mental health. It is an investment to your mind, body and soul.
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SGH Department of Physiotherapy was also honoured and excited to have Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin to be a part of their celebrations of World Physiotherapy Day on site. Click on photo below to see more!
SKGH Celebrates World PT Day!
by Physiotherapists from SKH Physiotherapy Department (SKGH)
This World Physiotherapy Day 2022, Sengkang General Hospital physiotherapists hosted a series of activities and practical workshops for the general public to "Get Fit, Don't Quit" and "Aging Fitter, Healthier, Happier."
Through outreaches as such, SKH Physiotherapy Department engaged the general public with practical means to learn more about active aging, encouraging physical fitness.
Do check out Sengkang General Hospital's Instagram for more updates on other events!
Physiotherapy Myth Busters: Moving Towards Better Health
by Physiotherapists from KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH)
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