12 October 2021

World Arthritis Day - 12 October.

On October 12th of each year, World Arthritis Day spreads awareness about the most prevalent disease in the world. This awareness day highlights the need for early diagnosis and treatment.

Arthritis is commonly known as joint inflammation. There are over 100 types of arthritis. The two most common types include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. While there is no cure for this disease, treatments are available. Doctors prescribe painkillers, anti-inflammatory medications, and injections called corticosteroids to treat arthritis. Physical therapy and chiropractic care can also help reduce pain and inflammation. For some, surgery, such as joint replacement or joint fusion, is the only option.

Many people with arthritis also have other conditions. These conditions include heart disease and diabetes. Some people are more prone to others than having arthritis. Common risk factors include family history, age, being overweight, and previous joint injury.

Severe arthritis is debilitating as it becomes difficult to do daily tasks and enjoy activities. In some cases, the joints become twisted and deformed.

In 1996, Arthritis and Rheumatism International established World Arthritis Day. The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) promotes the day. Through the years, many other organizations around the world have united to spread awareness for arthritis and other rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs).

These organizations include the Arthritis National Research Foundation, the National Organization of Rheumatology Managers (NORM), the Arthritis Foundation, and the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA).

The World Arthritis Day theme 2021 is Don’t Delay, Connect Today: Time2Work.

Source: www.eular.org.

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