Bone and Joint Action Week is held annually October 12-20 with activities focused on disorders including arthritis, back pain, trauma, pediatric conditions, and osteoporosis. The themes and their related activities are designed to raise awareness worldwide about prevention, disease management and treatment.
You will find activities to do and ways to become better informed below. But before that, take a look at some facts:
- More than half the American population over the age of 18 - 54 percent - are affected by musculoskeletal (bone and joint) conditions, according to The Burden of Musculoskeletal Conditions in the United States.(1)
- One in three (33%) people over the age of 18 required medical care for a musculoskeletal condition in each of the years 2009 to 2011, a 19% increase over the last decade.(2)
- Bone and joint conditions are the most common cause of severe long-term pain and physical disability worldwide affecting hundreds of millions of people.(3)
- Musculoskeletal conditions include back pain, arthritis, traumatic injuries, osteoporosis, spinal deformity, and childhood conditions.
- The global prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions is predicted to increase greatly due to increasing life expectancy and changes in risk factors unless new treatments and preventive measures are found.
- Musculoskeletal conditions can lead to significant disability plus diminished productivity and quality of life. Treatment and lost wage costs associated with musculoskeletal diseases in the U.S. alone was estimated at $874 billion in 2009 to 2011 - equal to 5.73 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).(2)
- Research funding is currently less than 2 percent of the National Institutes of Health annual budget, and continues to decline each year despite the high costs associated with injuries, arthritis, and back pain.
- Since 2011, when "Baby Boomers" became beneficiaries of Medicare, the economic and societal cost of bone and joint health escalated and is expected to continue for decades.
- October 12 - World Arthritis Day
- October 16 - World Spine Day
- October 17 - World Trauma Day
- October 19 - World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day
- October 20 - World Osteoporosis Day
(1) United States Bone and Joint Initiative: The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States. Rosemont, IL; 2014. http://www.boneandjointburden.org/2014-report/ib0/prevalence-select-medical-conditions. Accessed July 9, 2015.
(2) United States Bone and Joint Initiative: The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States. Rosemont, IL; 2014. http://www.boneandjointburden.org/2014-report/if0/health-care-utilization-and-economic-cost. Accessed July 9, 2015.
(3) Woolf AD, Pfleger B. Burden of major musculoskeletal conditions. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2003;81:646-656.
World Arthritis Day – October 12The 2017 theme is Don't Delay, Connect Today. Early diagnosis is so important. View inspirational events taking place worldwide to raise awareness, add your own event and share photos! To learn more, visit www.worldarthritisday.org.
The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) offers Experts in Arthritis, a public education program for people with arthritis and for people who care about them. Patient advocates and healthcare professionals including rheumatologist, physical therapists, orthopaedic surgeons, nurses, and occupational therapists present sessions covering current scientific evidence for the treatment and self-management of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, and answer questions related to current knowledge about arthritis care.
Visit ControlArthritis.org and view our videos. See how Roberta and Teresa learned to take control of their arthritis. Disponible en Español.
2017 theme - Don't Delay, Connect Today - To learn more visit www.worldarthritisday.org.
2016 theme - It's In Your Hands, Take Action! Get Your High 5s Ready
2015 theme - It's In Your Hands, Take Action! The Future In Your Hands
World Spine Day – October 16The 2017 theme is Your Back in Action. Physical activity and improving posture are so important to good spinal health and prevention of injury. Plan a special event to raise awareness of good spinal health - #yourbackinaction. Check out the resources page and past events to inspire you and help get you started! To learn more, visit www.worldspineday.org.
2017 theme - Your Back in Action - To learn more visit www.worldspineday.org
2016 theme - Straighten Up and Move to highlight the importance of physical activity and improving posture as part of good spinal health and prevention of injury.
2015 theme - Your Back at Work focusing on good spinal health and prevention of injuries in the workplace.
World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day – October 19The 2017 theme is Kids, Bones, Joints & Obesity - Tips for Parents and Patients, and Primary Care Providers. Kids and teens suffering from obesity are at much higher risk of developing bone and joint problems. Parents, Children, Primary Care Providers - Pick up some tips on what to look for, and what action to take. To learn more visit World PB&J Day (www.usbji.org/programs/pediatric-specialty-group/world-pediatric-bone-an...). Rescursos en español disponibles.
2017 theme - Kids, Bones, Joints & Obesity - Tips for Parents and Patients, and Primary Care Providers
2015 theme - Childhood and Adolescent ACL Injuries - High number of Knee injuries in girls on the rise with prevention key
2014 theme - The Adolescent Female Athlete Triad - The Female Athlete Triad: Health Pitfalls for Adolescents
2012 theme - Kids and Vitamin D Deficiency - Kids and Vitamin D Deficiency, Vitamin D Handout
2011 theme - Kids and the Effects of Obesity on the Musculoskeletal System - The Growth Plate, and Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)
2010 theme - Obesity - Kids and the Effects of Obesity on the Musculoskeletal System
World Osteoporosis Day - October 20The 2017 theme is Love Your Bones: Protect Your Future! Promote worldwide awareness of fracture prevention and osteoporosis, and the heavy toll the disease can take on an individual’s future if left undiagnosed and untreated. To learn more, visit www.worldosteoporosisday.org.
The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) offers Fit to a T, a public education program on bone health and osteoporosis designed to help Americans learn more about bone health, as well as the prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis.
Visit Fit2T.org and view our video...meet Sylvia. Disponible en Español.
2017 theme - Love Your Bones: Protect your Future! - www.worldosteoporosisday.org
2016 theme - Love Your Bones
2015 theme - Serve Up Bone Strength