World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day - 19 October.

World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day on October 19th of each year spreads awareness about the impact of musculoskeletal conditions in children. Also referred to as World PB&J Day, this day also educates health care providers and the public.

Musculoskeletal disorders are any type of disease that affects the joints, ligaments, nerves, muscles, and bones. Musculoskeletal conditions in children and teenagers are becoming more common. Some examples of this type of condition include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Bone fractures
  • Tendinitis
  • Developmental dysplasia of the hip
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Osteoporosis

All of these disorders affect function and mobility. Some of the most common causes of musculoskeletal disorders in children include car accidents, playground accidents, and sports injuries. Other contributing factors to musculoskeletal disorders are obesity, poor posture, and Vitamin D deficiency.

The Pediatric Specialty Group established the first World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day on October 19th, 2012. The day is held in conjunction with Bone and Joint Action Week. The Pediatric Specialty Group is a program of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI). The USBJI seeks to improve the prevention of bone and joint disorders. Their goal is to improve the quality of life for those affected by bone and joint disorders. They do this by finding reliable information, doing research, and spreading awareness.

Source: www.usbji.org.


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