World Arthritis Day 2019: History and Theme

Arthritis is very prevalence among the old age persons. This is more prevalent than diabetes like AIDS and cancer etc. Let’s read about the Arthritis on the occasion of World Arthritis Day.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis literally means the swelling and tenderness of one or more joints which leads to pain and stiffness in the joints. There are various types of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that can affect people at any age while osteoarthritis is the most common reason for age-related joint pain.

The main symptoms of arthritis are pain and stiffness in joints which usually worsen with age. But don't think that arthritis is inevitable in the old age persons.

History of World Arthritis Day: 

October 12 is celebrated as World Arthritis Day since 1996. It was started by the Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI) to increase global awareness about the rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMD).

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World Arthritis Day 2019 Theme: 

Each World Arthritis Day has a theme since 2017. The theme of year 2017 was “Don’t Delay, Connect Today” which continue till 2018. The theme for World Arthritis Day 2019 is "Time2Work". This theme would be followed in the financial year 2020 also.

Worth to mention that before 2017, World Arthritis Day; didn’t have any theme.

The European League Against Rheumatism, (EULAR's) campaign

The "Don’t Delay, Connect Today" campaign targets to highlight that early diagnosis of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMD) and access to treatment can prevent further damage.

Patients of the World Arthritis Day

Arthritis affects around 15% people i.e. over 180 million people in India. World Health Organization (WHO) data show that 0.3-1% of the world’s population has rheumatoid arthritis and, 18% women while around 10% men above the 60 years have “symptomatic osteoarthritis”.

There are around 120 million people are currently living with a rheumatic disease (RMD) in the European Union alone.

The World Arthritis Day is dedicated to raise awareness about Arthritis; affecting people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. An organisation European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) tries its best efforts to promote the awareness about the World Arthritis Day and its importance. EULAR also sets the theme for this day.

Treatment of the Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is a age related problem which can also be mitigate by drinking more than 2 litres of water a day, avoidance of fatty & oily food and sweetened beverages while inclusion of good vegetarian protein diet and Physiotherapy treatment.

So this was the complete detailed information on the World Arthritis Day 2019. The theme of World Arthritis Day 2019 "Time2Work"is very important for various exams hence be attentive about it.

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