Reddit AMA

I'm Dr. Jackie Whittaker, Ask Me Anything

Did you miss our osteoarthritis AMA?

You can still view Dr. Whittaker’s answers and even continue the conversation.

Do you have questions about osteoarthritis? Join Dr. Jackie Whittaker, physiotherapist and research scientist at Arthritis Research Canada for a Reddit AMA “Ask Me Anything” on Tuesday, September 21 at 12 PM PDT.

Around 500,000 youth in Canada injure their knees while playing sports each year. Of those people, 50 per cent will develop osteoarthritis within 10 years. That’s a lot of Canadians getting diagnosed with a life-altering type of arthritis by their 30th birthdays. It is also estimated that by 2040, 12 million Canadians of all ages will be living with osteoarthritis.

Dr. Whittaker is one of our OA prevention experts. She has developed a program called SOAR – Stop OsteoARthritis – which aims to help people with a prior knee injury reduce their risk of developing osteoarthritis after they are discharged from care for that initial injury. SOAR consists of education, a home-based exercise and physical activity program with tracking and one-on-one physiotherapy counselling. This program is unique because participants co-develop goals with physiotherapists that address priorities they have for their individual physical activity level, sport, and needs.

To learn more about this and other OA research, prevention and treatment, join our Reddit AMA! It’s a perfect way to share important arthritis research during Arthritis Awareness Month.

For those who aren’t familiar with AMAs, they are online interviews hosted on Reddit, a social media platform with almost 430 million monthly active users. One Reddit user hosts the AMA – in this case, Dr. Jackie Whittaker – and others – like you – participate by asking questions.

Some Facts About Reddit AMAs

  • You need to create an account to participate in an AMA. Go to https://www.reddit.com/ and click “sign up” in the upper right corner.
  • Participants can ask questions about absolutely anything.
  • The community – people participating in the AMA – vote on the questions they like the most, and those most popular questions rise to the top of the AMA comment section. 


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