World Arthritis Day
The World Arthritis Day (WAD) was established in 1996 by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI). It is celebrated every year on 12 October and is supported by a year-round global campaign. The goal of this global initiative is to raise awareness of issues affecting people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). World Arthritis Day is managed and supported by EULAR, the European League Against Rheumatism. It is an organisation which represents people with RMDs, health professionals and scientific societies of rheumatology of all the European nations.
What are rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs)?
Rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders comprise all painful conditions of the musculoskeletal system. More than 200 different disorders have been identified: various types of degenerative joint and soft tissue disorders, osteoporosis, arthritis and systemic connective tissue diseases. Find out more about osteoarthritis here. These disorders are an immense burden on both the individuals as well as the entire healthcare system. This stresses the importance of people with RMDs from around the world joining together to make their voices heard on this day.