Today I have some exciting news about a new initiative to connect those in the community suffering with hip and pelvic pain, and health professionals with a special interest in this field. Chances are, that if you’re visiting this site, you fall into one of those two groups, so this is great news for all of you!
Over the last 3 years, my colleagues, Sharon Hennessey and Kirsty McNab, and I have been developing our new website Hip Pain Help. This was born out of a clear need to connect those in pain with high quality help. Every day I receive emails with heartbreaking personal stories of avoidable ‘wrong turns’ in the management of hip or pelvic pain. They tell me how delays in their diagnosis or inappropriate treatment have had adverse impacts on their health, quality of life and finances, and implore me to direct them towards a health professional in their area that can help them. Touring the world teaching has provided me with contacts of many health professionals with an interest in the hip, but not nearly enough to provide assistance to the many in need, who are spread far and wide. Hip Pain Help meets that need by providing a vital and growing global directory of ‘Hip Pain Professionals’ and a mechanism for connection with those who are searching for help.
We had also identified that there is an incredible amount of misinformation on the internet around hip and pelvic pain, more likely to harm than help those in need. For this reason, we have developed a comprehensive and regularly-updated library of high quality, evidence-informed resources for the general public, accessible in 3 easy ways – Hip Pain Explained, our Pain Locator Map and Specific Condition Pages.
For healthcare practitioners - our Hip Pain Professionals (HPPs), our vision is to develop a multidisciplinary community of health professionals with a special interest in hip and pelvic pain and dysfunction. Here you will find support, inspiration, learning opportunities and helpful resources. Our aim is to facilitate knowledge translation, not only to inform clinicians of current evidence in their field but to cross-pollinate ideas between professional disciplines. There is now much opportunity to engage with other health professionals through social media, but unfortunately many disengage from professional communities in the public realm because of aggressive, disrespectful and unprofessional behaviour of some individuals. Through our closed HPP Facebook group portal, you will find a private environment in which to ask questions freely of the HPP community and engage in respectful conversation on more contentious topics.
On this site ( www.dralisongrimaldi.com), you will find a professional blog which will also serve as conversation starters for the HPP Facebook group, as well as information on my upcoming workshops, online learning opportunities, ebooks, and publication updates.
What are you waiting for then?
If you're in pain and looking for a Hip Pain Professional – start your search here
If you're interested in becoming a Hip Pain Professional or want to know more about the benefits of joining the HPP community, click here