Bone & Joint Action Week, which runs from 12th-20th October, is our opportunity to highlight the importance of musculoskeletal health and the need to effectively prevent and manage conditions which affect it.
Musculoskeletal conditions affect nearly everyone at some point in their life; they are the biggest cause of disability in the UK, impacting more individuals than any other disease group. Musculoskeletal conditions can affect people of all ages, including children. If not treated appropriately, musculoskeletal conditions can hinder daily activities such as working, walking, climbing stairs, cooking and personal hygiene.
Taking action to improve the way we deal with the health of bones, joints and muscles is important at a national, local and individual level so that we can tackle the enormous impact of musculoskeletal conditions on people and society. Doing so helps people live well, independently and actively.
During this annually occurring event there are dedicated days to highlight major rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions.
12 October: World Arthritis Day
16 October: World Spine Day
17 October: World Trauma Day
19 October: World Paediatric Bone & Joint Day
20 October: World Osteoporosis Day