• The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) is the umbrella body for the arthritis and musculoskeletal community in the UK, and our mission is to transform the quality of life of people with musculoskeletal conditions. We have 40 member organisations ranging from specialised support groups for rare diseases to major research charities and national professional bodies.


Bone & Joint Action Week 2016

Bone & Joint Action Week 2016 runs from 12-20th October 2016, highlighting the importance of musculoskeletal health and the need to effectively prevent and manage conditions which affect it.

During this week there are dedicated days to highlight major rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions.
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World Health Organisation landmark action plan will tackle tidal wave of musculoskeletal conditions

The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance, an alliance of prominent health charities, professional and research bodies, today [Thursday 15th September 2016] welcomed a ground-breaking World Health Organisation action plan to tackle musculoskeletal conditions in Europe.
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The Action Plan was also welcomed internationally by the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, calling on the European Region to implement the Action Plan and all countries of the world to adopt a similar approach to tackling musculoskeletal conditions.

Sign up to the Global Alliance’s e-petition.

ARMA’s Policy Positions

ARMA has published our first two policy position papers:

Like previous documents, these are the result of input from across our membership and our community, and contain recommendations for policy makers.
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New ARMA Leaflet

ARMA has released an A5 leaflet to support its activity, promoting good musculoskeletal health.

The leaflet features key messages on what is needed to provide the right care for musculoskeletal conditions,
in the right place, at the right time.

Restrictions to Treatments and Services, ARMA Survey 2015-16

ARMA has conducted a survey on whether people with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions have experienced any restrictions on accessing treatment and/or services. For infographics and full details of the survey, click here.

ARMA is the alliance providing a collective voice for the arthritis and musculoskeletal community in the UK.

Together, ARMA and its member organisations work to improve quality of life for all those living with musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders in the UK.

We aim to foster co-operation between charities and professional organisations, working to enhance understanding and mutual support between individuals and organisational bodies.

ARMA has a new telephone number: 0203 856 1978

Please note our new Skype-for-Business office number.