More than 126 million Americans—one in two adults—struggle with bone, joint, or muscle conditions. In fact, nearly one in five health care visits relate to musculoskeletal conditions, including 66 million annual visits for bone and joint issues, 52 million for lower back pain, and 14 million for childhood injuries. These afflictions, which seldom make headline news, compromise the anatomical structure that enables us to move through the world, often halting the most ordinary tasks and pleasures. Yet, diminished activity compounds musculoskeletal problems, leading to muscle atrophy, inability to sleep, and depression. For individuals living with preexisting disabilities, exercise is even more critical for well-being. Despite the cumulative impact of these day-to-day impediments, conventional medical responses are often limited to managing persistent symptoms.
Here at Spaulding, a proactive approach to musculoskeletal rehabilitation merges with cutting edge, research-based therapies and opportunities for active sports and exercise. Under the guidance of Dr. Ross Zafonte, Spaulding is already accelerating musculoskeletal recovery. Spaulding’s National Running Center is one of the only centers in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of running-related injuries. Spaulding’s trailblazing Kelley Institute for Adaptive Sports Research is a national model dedicated to the beneficial impact of adaptive sports on people living with disabilities.
Cheri Blauwet, MD, Director,
Kelley Adaptive Sports Research Institute
Paolo Bonato, PhD, Director
Motion Analysis Lab
Irene S. Davis, PhD, Director
Spaulding National Running Center