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Access to America's Orthopaedic Services Act of 2009 Introduced in the Senate
Date:8/4/2009

to conduct studies on the causes of severe trauma to extremities resulting from vehicular crashes. Additionally, the legislation requires the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) to promote a coordinated effort to collect information on causes of workplace musculoskeletal injuries in an effort to develop preventative measures.

"Bone loss, joint pain, and debilitating trauma are among the many forms of musculoskeletal diseases and conditions that are the leading causes of disability in the United States today. Such problems account for more than one-half of all chronic conditions in people over 50 years old. Despite such widespread affliction, there is an inherent lack of awareness in the public and the medical community about bone and joint health. It's costing us billions of dollars each year in medical and hospital costs, work loss, and outright pain," said Senator Cardin.

It is the hope of the orthopaedic community that these measures will increase awareness of musculoskeletal conditions, greatly enhance the lives of Americans and provide long-term health care savings.

"Those of us in the orthopaedic community appreciate this renewed focus on musculoskeletal issues and our continued effort to improve the level of care for our patients," Dr. Mandell said.


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