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World Arthritis Day
On 12 October 2017, World Arthritis Day will be celebrated around the globe.
The day was first observed in 1996 by Arthritis Rheumatism International and it is now a worldwide event, bringing arthritis sufferers together to get their voices heard!
World Arthritis Day aims to raise awareness of the condition and make sure that sufferers and caregivers know all the support and help that is available to them.
The day is run in partnership with the European League Against Rheumatism, who represent patients, health professionals and rheumatology researchers from around the EU. They aim to reduce the burden of this condition on individuals and society.
In 2003 the World Arthritis Day website was set up to provide an informative resource for the campaign and for organisations who represent people with arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases.
Every one to two years a new theme is chosen for the day and in 2017 the campaign is: ‘Don’t Delay Connect Today’ and on 12 October the theme will be: ‘It’s in your hands, take action’. The organisers of the day want us to get involved and help raise awareness of the early diagnosis of arthritis. Unfortunately, people who have rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases often have a delayed diagnosis and this can greatly impact their daily. Early diagnosis is essential to preventing further damage. So it’s really important that we raise awareness and improve the lives of people with arthritis.
World Arthritis Day looks set to have even more going on in 2017. If you want to get involved why not check out the website to find out what events are happening near you. What’s more you can even hold your own event and register it on the website. To register and find our more just visit the World Arthritis Day website. There is also lots of helpful information about the symptoms of arthritis and arthritis care.