Hip and knee pain survey out to help develop a local program

There's a survey for Kootenay Boundary residents who have knee and or hip pain.

The Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice has been promoting the survey trying to gather information from people living with the pain, as a first step in developing a local, community based exercise program.

Doctor Samantha Segal says she sees so many patients with arthritis, who have no real therapies for pain, except for taking medications.

She went to a conference and learned there's an exercise regimen, that targets specific muscles and joint movements that can prevent pain and improve function, but there's no program in our region.

Segal says she'd like to see the program brought to the public sector locally.

She says once they've gathered research, they'll be presenting to the Ministry and Interior Health to see how they can collaborate in the future.

They've also been looking for grants.

So far they've had 6-hundred residents respond to the survey which is online http://kbpa.hostedincanadasurveys.ca/index.php/896239?lang=en