Joint Matters at Work

Arthritis in the workplace & opportunities for change

Arthritis is a chronic disease that has a devastating physical, mental, emotional, and social impact on the lives of more than 4.6 million Canadians and is one of the leading causes of long-term disability in the country. The annual economic impact of treatment and lost productivity due to arthritis is $33 billion, or 2.7% of Canada’s gross domestic product.

The Arthritis Society is proud to present our Joint Matters At Work initiative, which enables companies to enhance the health and well-being of employees through the promotion of joint health at work.
  • Employee wellness programs aimed at driving awareness, education and behaviour change can provide your organization with a healthy return; studies have reported real returns to employers ranging from $1.81 to $6.15 for every $1 invested.
  • Healthy employees cost employers less in benefits, workers compensation claims, and lost work days.

Joint Matters at Work - Creating healthy employees and workplaces

  • Screening clinic hosted by an Arthritis Society trained physiotherapist to promote early recognition and self-management of arthritis.
  • Access to health information in the workplace to encourage employee awareness and workplace health, including health fair kiosks and health promotion presentations (e.g., lunch ’n’ learns).
  • Access to online health information including workplace exercises, nutrition and fatigue management. 
  • Promotional materials including special joint-friendly giveaway for all employees.

For more information please contact:

Paul Haddad at 416.979-7228 ext. 3386 or toll free at 1-800-321-1433 ext. 3386, or email

Simple Stretches to Keep You Moving at Work - The Arthritis Society

Use the simple stretches demonstrated in this video to help keep joint pain and stiffness from impacting your work day. (8:37)

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