World Arthritis Day
- How it Began
- World Arthritis Day (WAD) is celebrated
annually on 12th October.
- The theme for the year 2016 is 'The Future in
Your Hands, Take Action'.
- It is a social media campaign inviting people
worldwide to share their personal stories on coping with arthritis and
other musculoskeletal diseases, on social media.
- This initiative hopes to educate and spread
awareness about the disease to general public as well as other persons
afflicted with the disease.
The World Arthritis Day (WAD) was founded in the year 1996 by Arthritis and
. Presently, it is supported by EULAR
the European League Against Rheumatism, and observed as an annual event on the
of October every year.
It aims to educate
and spread awareness about this potentially crippling disease amongst the
general public, as well as health professionals, caregivers, policy makers and
more importantly, to inspire persons suffering from the disease to lead a
normal and more productive life.
‘Share your success stories on living and coping with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, and inspire others too.’
The Future in Your Hands, Take Action - Theme for WAD 2016
The global theme for
the year 2016, 'The Future in Your Hands, Take Action', has been
launched as a social media campaign inviting people worldwide to share their
personal inspirational stories on social media, hoping to spread global
awareness and educate people about this disease.
Persons wishing to share their story about
living with and overcoming rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease, and inspire
others may do so as follows
Important Facts About Rheumatic and
Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMD's)
- Taking a photo or an video that includes their hands signifying
- Sharing their story on social media
using #WADStory and tag World Arthritis Day in their Facebook posts.
- Arthritis and related diseases affect
over 120 million persons in the European Union alone.
- In the developed nations, RMD's affect
more persons than any other disease group, and almost every family is
affected in some manner or the other.
- These diseases can affect persons of any
age or gender, including young children and babies. In the US, almost
300000 children and teenagers live with one type of juvenile arthritis or the other.
Shockingly, arthritis is the sixth most commonly diagnosed childhood
- Rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases
are categorised as inflammatory and non-inflammatory.
non-inflammatory RMDs include osteoarthritis, degenerative spine
diseases, fibromyalgia and osteoporosis.
inflammatory RMDs are rheumatoid
arthritis, reactive arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, connective tissue
diseases and polymyalgia rheumatica.
Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases
Arthritis and related diseases can be painful and potentially crippling.
It may cause a wide variety of signs and symptoms including
Living and Coping
Some of the ways of living and coping with
- Joint swelling,
redness, and/or warmth
- Nagging muscle
and joint pain
fatigue, lack of energy, tiredness and weakness
- Stiffness of
joints causing restricted mobility
deformities and muscle contractures
- Depression and
anxiety due to the illness
Global Impact of Rheumatic and
- Pain Management - Pain can be managed with
medications, alternative therapies such as yoga and acupuncture,
maintaining a healthy weight, braces and self-help devices. In some cases,
surgery may be necessary to relieve intractable pain.
- Following a Suitable Exercise Regimen - Exercise and movement help the joints remain
flexible and keep the muscles strong.
- Joining a support group as a volunteer will take one's mind off the disease, get inspired by others and to
inspire others too. Participating in the 'Future in your hands, take
action', may be one way of understanding as well as creating awareness
- Family support is critical in helping to alleviate
both physical and mental pain. According to Saint Augustine, 'The greatest evil is physical pain'.
Arthritis is a
progressive and debilitating disease. It is very common in the developed
nations, and makes a huge global impact. Some of these include
- Rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases
are the commonest cause of sick leave from employment and premature
- Osteoarthritis is the commonest cause
of disability among the elderly.
- Arthritis affects women more and can
disrupt their ability to work and care for the family.
- Huge burden on global healthcare costs.
- Some forms of the disease may reduce
life expectancy, if not treated.
as the Arthritis Foundation are leading in the fight against this crippling disease and
helping people and their families to be able to lead a fuller and more
We, individuals can
also contribute and make a difference. After all, "Tiny drops make the mighty
ocean'. Let us join the 'The Future in Your Hands, Take Action'
social campaign and make a difference.
- World Arthritis Day Unites Patients and Caregivers of All Ages - (http://www.healthline.com/health-news/world-arthritis-day-101214)
- World Arthritis Day 2016 General Information - (http://worldarthritisday.org/our-campaign)
- Oct 12 is World Arthritis Day - (http://blog.arthritis.org/news/world-arthritis-day-2015/)
- Information on World Arthritis Day 2015 and 2016 - (http://www.eular.org/world_arthritis_day.cfm)
- It's in Your Hands Take Action - (http://worldarthritisday.org/facts/rmd-facts)