About World Arthritis Day
First observed in 1996, World Arthritis Day (WAD), is a global awareness day held every year on October 12th.
Established by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI) and managed by the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), the aim of World Arthritis Day is not only to raise awareness, but also to influence public policy and inform those living with RMDs as well as their caregivers of the support network available to them.
The debilitating effects of these diseases, of which more than 200 exist, are little known; their impact, however, is largely – and silently – felt.
Arthritis has a Global Impact
- According to EUMUSC.net, in a 2007 EU survey, it was found that 22% of the population currently had, or had experienced, long-term muscle, bone and joint problems such as rheumatism and arthritis.
- The prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis varies between 0.3% and 1% and is more common in women as well as in developed countries.
- Within 10 years of onset of rheumatoid arthritis, at least 50% of patients in developed countries are unable to hold down a full-time job.
- Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder and accounts for more disability among the elderly than any other disease.
- Many factors increase the risk of developing rheumatic disease, including increasing age, smoking, excessive weight, predisposed genetic factors, occupations with high risk of injury and overuse of joints.