Arthritis Activities Focus on Bone and Joint Action Week
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Almost 15 million U.S. adults with arthritis have severe joint pain (more than one in four adults with arthritis) and that those disproportionately affected with severe joint pain include women, African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos. Severe joint pain can limit an individual’s ability to perform basic functions and seriously compromise their quality of life.
The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) is part of an international collaboration of 63 national governments and more than 750 patient advocacy organization sanctioned by the United Nations/World Health Organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for people with musculoskeletal conditions and to advance the understanding, prevention and treatment of these conditions.
This year, the Bone and Joint Action Week was held October 12-20 and highlighted activities that focused on arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis and trauma. The worldwide events and projects are designed to raise awareness of prevention, disease management and treatments.
The USBJI offered Experts in Arthritis, a public education program for people with arthritis and for people who care about them on Oct. 12. Patient advocates and healthcare professionals presented sessions covered current scientific evidence for the treatment and self-management of arthritis and answer questions related to arthritis care.
In addition, the CDC Arthritis Program continues to its commitment to advancing public health approaches to managing arthritis.
The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) offered Fit to a T – a public education program on bone health and osteoporosis – on Oct. 20. Developed by members of the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative in response to the Surgeon General’s first-ever report on bone health and osteoporosis, this program is designed to help the public learn more about bone health and as the prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis.
Treatment and lost wage in the U.S. are a result of musculoskeletal conditions, which was estimated to be $874 billion in 2009 to 2011. National funding for research is currently less than 2 percent of the NIH annual budget; the purpose of Bone and Joint Action Week each year is to raise awareness of the disorders that result in musculoskeletal conditions.