Place one of your knuckles in a vice and slowly turn the vice tighter and tighter until it feels like your knuckle is going to explode. Now do the same thing to the rest of your knuckles, and perhaps your wrist and knee as well.
Unless you live with arthritis this is the closest you will come to understanding the intense pain that people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions suffer.
To experience this pain every day takes its toll on people’s lives.
“When my joints are swollen it feels like they’ve been covered in glue.
It’s painful and difficult to straighten them. Sometimes the intensity of the pain can make me feel like I’m going to be sick or pass out.
Simple things like sitting, standing, walking, driving, even lying down are made really difficult. My mental awareness and the way I think is also affected – I feel like I’m walking around with a cloud hanging over my head, just like in the cartoons.
By the end of days like these I feel as if I’ve climbed an impossibly steep mountain, bare foot, with an elephant on my back. The fatigue and exhaustion are the icing on the cake.”
We are here to help. But we are facing an ever-growing demand for our services as the prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions increases.
Learning how to self-manage a musculoskeletal condition can be a life changing experience for many people. That is why Musculoskeletal Australia must raise $50,000 to continue to provide free information resources, training and programs to help people effectively manage their musculoskeletal health and wellbeing.
Will you donate today to keep our free services available to those who need it most?
Knowledge is a powerful tool and one that we know can make a difference. The effects of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions can be shocking and devastating. With our help, they need not be catastrophic.
Please give as soon as you can so we can continue to provide the services needed to reduce the burden of these conditions on people.
Thank you for your support – we cannot make a difference on our own.
CEO – Musculoskeletal Australia
If you would prefer to make your donation in person, please call us on 03 8531 8011, or via Direct Deposit BSB 083 004 A/C No: 331 329 521 quoting your first and last name as reference.
All donations over $2 are tax deductible. If funds raised exceed the amount required for the workplace program, Musculoskeletal Australia will direct them to the next greatest area of need.