World Arthritis Day

World Arthritis Day is observed annually on October 12th. This day is designed to raise awareness about the problem of arthritis and the ways people can manage and treat this condition.

According to the Global RA Network, over 350 million people worldwide have arthritis, and in the U.S., approximately 25% of adults are affected. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and results in over $300 billion in healthcare costs and lost earnings per year. That’s why this holiday is so important, and why people all over the world should take the time to observe it in October.

The History of World Arthritis Day

This holiday was originally created by Arthritis & Rheumatism International in October 1996. They created this day to raise public awareness about arthritis and its impact on people’s health and their ability to live their lives.

It is currently observed by the European League Against Rheumatism and the Arthritis National Research Foundation. It is also sponsored by the National Organization of Rheumatology Managers, the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance, and the Arthritis Foundation.

Important Facts About Arthritis

We’ve collected some important facts about arthritis that we feel everyone should know. The following facts about arthritis will provide readers with a basic understanding of this disease.

  • There are over 100 different types of arthritis.
  • The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis.
  • Arthritis is the leading cause of disability among adults in the United States.
  • Arthritis is common in people who have other chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
  • Treatments for arthritis include physical therapy, patient education, surgery, and medication.

Observing World Arthritis Day

People can observe this day by learning more about arthritis, getting checked by a doctor to see if they have this condition, and donating to arthritis organizations.

This day is also observed by health organizations that hold special events and seminars focused on arthritis. People can also use the hashtag #WorldArthritisDay to spread the word about this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 12 Saturday
Next year (2025)
October 12 Sunday
Last year (2023)
October 12 Thursday
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