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Bone and Joint Action Week



An annual global event, Bone and Joint Action Week is held October 12-20 with activities focused on disorders including arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis and trauma. The events and projects organized by individuals and organizations worldwide are designed to raise awareness of prevention, disease management and treatments as well as advances in a number of areas.

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.
Now is the time to raise awareness - and the reason for Bone and Joint Action Week.
In addition to activities throughout the week, there are five special days during Action Week.
  • 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. Accessed July 9, 2015.
(2) United States Bone and Joint Initiative: The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States. Rosemont, IL; 2014. 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 12

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.

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2016 theme - It's In Your Hands, Take Action! Get Your High 5s Ready - To learn more visit​.
2015 theme - It's In Your Hands, Take Action! The Future In Your Hands - To learn more visit​.

World Spine Day - October 16

The World Spine Day (WSD) theme for 2016 is “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. Promote World Spine Day by sharing a “spine selfie” of “Your Back at Work” at

Press Release: "Your Back At Work"; September 2015

World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day – October 19

World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day, with themes developed by the Pediatric Specialty Group of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) features educational stories on important bone and joint-related conditions about which kids, adolescents and their parents should be aware. 

Childhood and Adolescent ACL injuries - High number of Knee injuries in girls on the rise with prevention key. Other topics that have been covered include, obesity, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, kids and Vitamin D deficiency, and the Adolescent Female Athlete Triad

World Osteoporosis Day - October 20

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.

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2016 theme - Love Your Bones - The 2016 World Osteoporosis Day campaign calls on the general public to take early action to protect their bone and muscle health, in order to enjoy a good quality of life and independence in the future. It also calls on health professionals and health authorities to prioritize osteoporosis and fracture prevention by ensuring that people at high-risk are assessed and appropriately treated.

2015 theme - Serve Up Bone Strength - To learn more visit