The Danes have made a good claim for the nation most interested in solving the problem of chronic pain! Led by their noble and energetic super-pain guy, Mr Morten Hogh, 20 righteous campaigners will slip into a very stylish Ride for Pain jersey and Get moving for chronic pain research, in UniSA’s Ride for Pain at your place! I would have expected the Norwegians and Swedes to put up a good fight in the ‘Most community-minded pain clinicians’ award, but at the moment you are lagging a long way behind the MIGHTY DANES!
As for the rest of you out there, one might not expect such a clear statement of civility and corporate responsibility, an expression of concern and interest in the outcast and oppressed – a STATEMENT of values so clear as to place your country on that exclusive list of ALL ROUND NICE GUYS, so I am less shocked. Of course here is the chance to show otherwise because, at the moment, the sole entry on the list of Countries who clearly care – seems to be DENMARK – the gode fyre.
In order to give you other folk who have thought about the Ride for Pain at your place! but have done nothing, and who didn’t realise that it is so easy to do and is for a fabulous cause, we are extending the deadline – but get in fast!
If anyone needed convincing that this Ride for Pain at your place! is worth doing – check out the stats from this 2012 Lancet paper - of the most burdensome health issues of our time, low back pain, neck pain and migraine are at 1st, 4th and 8th.
‘Other musculoskeletal disorders’ comes in at 5 and osteoarthritis at 15. Diabetes? 10th. Dementias including alzheimer’s? 24th. Cancer? Somewhere beyond 40th. So chronic pain disorders occupy 4 of the top ten most burdensome health issues. Now, for the sake of humanity itself, Get on your bike!