Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling, which comes under the criteria of Arthritis is a common problem in 21st century. About 23% of the adults or more than 54 million people in only the United States have arthritis. Every Year, to create awareness about this disease that affects the joints, World Arthritis Day is observed on the 12th of October in more than 100 Countries. The aim of the day is to raise global awareness about the causes, harms, and prevention of 5 types of Arthritis. 5-types of Arthritis are – Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Lupus, Osteoarthritis, and Gout.
Let us give you more brief information of World Arthritis Day, its 2021 Theme, History, Significance, Activities, and More.
History, and Significance
For the first time, the day was observed in 1996 and was established by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI). Let us tell you, Arthritis disease comes under rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs).
5-types of Arthritis: in Brief
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disorder that affects not only the joints, but also the body’s system, skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels. The treatment of this disease can last for a long time or for life.
Psoriatic Arthritis: Psoriatic arthritis (PSA) is often mistaken for psoriasis. It is a type of inflammatory arthritis, due to which the fingers, toes, knees and back become swollen and accompanied by pain and stiffness in the joints.
Lupus: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease, characterized by varying stages of disease progression as the condition worsens. The heart, lungs, kidneys and brain are also affected in this disease and it can be life-threatening. The presence of this disease in India is between 30 per million people. Women are more affected by this than men.
Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis weakens this layer of cartilage covering the bones of the joints. As a result, the surface of our joints becomes rough. Due to this swelling, pain and stiffness start in the joints. However, not everyone feels these symptoms.
Gout: This disease arises when the amount of uric acid in the blood increases. Uric acid is produced by the various metabolic activities of our body, which are produced by certain types of food. This disease is medically known as gout.
- Wear BLUE to spread awareness on World Arthritis Day.
- Share informative quotes on your social media accounts.
- Prepare a report with mentioned topics (What is Arthirits? What are its Causes? What are its Harms? How we can take precaution? and some as per your own research).
- Give Donation.
- Share some stories of some past patients of Arthritis.
World Arthritis Day 2021 Theme
The current year’s (2021) theme of World Arthritis Day has not been announced yet.