Good musculoskeletal health – now more than ever

Things to do and resources
for Bone and Joint Week

Whether you’re a commissioner, transformation lead, health professional, GP, employer or policy lead, find resources on this page for improving musculoskeletal health including practical webinars, pathways, core MSK offer, prevention strategies and more.
Visit the BJW Resources page

#BoneJointWeek

Every October, Bone and Joint Week helps get people thinking about one of the most widespread and pressing health issues of our times – musculoskeletal health and, in these unprecedented times, good musculoskeletal health is so important, now more than ever.

The coronavirus covid-19 pandemic changed the roadmap for achieving good musculoskeletal health. During covid-19, cancelled treatments, limited access, increased waiting times in pain, lockdown effect on mental wellbeing, exercise and weight-gain were all obstacles to good musculoskeletal health.

To reach our goal of better years of life in good health, free from disability, pain and inequality, now, more than ever, we need to support good musculoskeletal health. To get back on track, people need timely treatment, support to manage their own musculoskeletal health, and ability to move more and keep well mentally. More NHS capacity is needed to enable people to have timely access to treatment and support.

When is it taking place?

12-20 October annually.

Every day we’ll be tweeting an infographic highlighting an important aspect of bone, joint and muscle health. During the week, there are a number of ‘world’ awareness days taking place during the week as well.
This is the schedule:

12 October: World Arthritis Day

13 October

14 October: Physical Activity

15 October

16 October: World Spine Day

17 October

18 October

19 October: World Paediatric Bone & Joint Day

20 October: World Osteoporosis Day

How can you get involved?

Everyone can get involved in Bone and Joint Week, it’s easy. It’s a social media-led campaign using #BoneJointWeek, with daily infographics. You can retweet the infographics and blogs and share the vlogs from health and care leaders.

More information

Follow @WeAreARMA on Twitter and see our resources page.

What’s on

Here’s what’s on during Bone and Joint Week from our members:

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society: https://www.nras.org.uk/campaign

Versus Arthritis, current campaigns: https://www.versusarthritis.org/campaign-with-us/current-campaigns/