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World Arthritis Day

  • Posted on- Oct 12, 2017
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World Arthritis Day is celebrated on 12th of October each year. World Arthritis Day is a movement of people suffering from rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) and their families and the organizations that support them across the world.

World Arthritis Day is a global awareness raising day. This year the theme of World Arthritis Day is 'Don't Delay, Connect Today' which is initiated by the European League against Rheumatism (EULAR). The main aim of World Arthritis Day is to highlight the importance of early diagnosis of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs).

The European League against Rheumatism (EULAR) is the organization which represents people with RMDs, health professionals and scientific societies of rheumatology of all the European nations.

In 2017 World Arthritis Day is part of the 'Don't Delay, Connect Today!' European League against Rheumatism (EULAR) Campaign which, for the first time, engages all three EULAR pillars - patient organizations (PARE), health professional associations and scientific communities.

Rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) often receive delayed or no diagnosis.

Early diagnosis is key to preventing further damage, but RMDs often receive delayed or no diagnosis. This is often due to a lack of awareness which is reducing people's quality of life and affecting physical abilities.

The European League against Rheumatism (EULAR) Campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of early diagnosis in preventing further damage to those living with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs), and to encourage timely access to evidence-based treatment.

Why is early diagnosis of Arthritis important?

Early diagnosis is important to prevent further damage, If not treated early daily activities are affected, reducing the quality of peoples' life and affecting physical abilities. Delay is often due to a lack of awareness hence it's important to know the symptoms of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) and consult a healthcare professional early.

Rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) are commonly divided into two types i.e. inflammatory and non-inflammatory types:

  • Common non-inflammatory rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) are degenerative spine diseases, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and fibromyalgia.
  • Common inflammatory rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) are rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis, connective tissue diseases and polymyalgia rheumatica.

Rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) can be hereditary can also be triggered by lifestyle factors such as smoking, excessive weight, sedentary lifestyles, increasing age and having occupations that lead to injury and overuse of joints/muscles however in some cases the causes are unknown.

Early medical treatment of inflammatory rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs), particularly in the first 12 weeks can prevent joint and organ damage, improve long-term function.

World Arthritis Day is a great time to get out and lend a helping hand to those suffering from this condition. If you have relatives who suffer from it, take a day to go over and help them out with the things that are made difficult for them because of their condition. Take some time to do some research and get a clear understanding of how people have their lives affected by it.

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