World Arthritis Day is an annual observance celebrated on October 12th of every year. Millions of people from around the world suffer from a joints disorder called Arthritis. The Day is an initiative that organizes people together to raise awareness about issues affecting people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). The celebration of World Arthritis Day marks the importance of earlier diagnosis and its importance of treating the disease.
“My message is – keep moving. If you do, you’ll keep arthritis at bay.” – Donna Mills
History of World Arthritis Day
World Arthritis Day (WAD) was first celebrated in the year 1996. It was established by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI). WAD recognizes and raise awareness of arthritis and how it affects the lives of those who suffer from it. It encourages policymakers to help lower the burden of those who have Arthritis from all over the world. It is a global initiative created to raise awareness about the problems people face with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). Early analysis is key to preventing further damage. However, RMD often receives delayed or no diagnosis. Due to a lack of awareness about arthritis, it reduces the quality of people’s lives and affects their physical abilities.
Physical therapy is found to be effective in helping people to control joint pains. Arthritis can sometimes be controlled by increasing physical exercise and working to reduce weight. Other treatment includes resting the joint and alternatively applying ice and heat over the pain. Get knowledge about the importance of early diagnosis and timely admittance to evidence-based treatment. Early symptoms include the inability to use the hand or walk, difficulty moving the joint, poor sleep, malaise and fatigue, weight loss, tenderness, muscle aches, and pains. The secondary effects include muscle weakness, loss of flexibility, decreased aerobic fitness.
Research shows that arthritis has been existing in humans back from 4500 BC. The researchers have found out that it is one of the most common disorders of prehistoric peoples. It was first carefully examined classified and written in 1715 in William Musgraves’s work, De Arthritide symptomatic. From the Greek word arthro, the term Arthritis is derived. It means common, and the Greek meaning of the term Arthritis is inflammation. The name implies that it is a condition that involves inflammation of the joints. Gout, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis are some of the more common causes of this painful disease.
Other Celebrations on October 12
October 12 is also celebrated as
- World Arthritis Day
- National Farmers Day
- National Pet Obesity Awareness Day
- National Emergency Nurses Day
- National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day
- International Top Spinning Day
How to Celebrate World Arthritis Day
Celebrating World Arthritis Day can be done in many simple ways. Lend a supportive hand to those people who have Arthritis. Take time to research and know about the disease. Educate people to know more about arthritis and the importance of early diagnosis. If you know individuals who experience arthritis, then help them with work they cannot do. Post and share your views and celebrations on social media using the hashtag #WorldArthritisDay.
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