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.
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What is Bone and Joint Week?
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 the role of each person in improving it.
Musculoskeletal conditions affect the bones, joints and muscles are the largest cause of disability. An estimated 18.8 million people live with a musculoskeletal condition in the UK. This compares to 4.7 million with diabetes, 7.4 million with heart disease and 1.2 million with COPD. Many people have more than one condition.
This year a large network of organisations and influencers pledged their support for #BoneJointWeek, which kicks off on 12 October and incorporates world awareness days including #WorldArthritisDay and ends on 20 October with #WorldOsteoporosisDay.
When is it taking place?
12-20 October – Each day, a different aspect of musculoskeletal health is highlighted. Bone and Joint Week also incorporates world awareness days, such as World Arthritis Day and World Osteoporosis Day. This is the daily schedule:
12 October: World Arthritis Day
13 October: Health Inequalities
14 October: Work and Health
15 October: Mental Health
16 October: World Spine Day
17 October: Physical Activity
18 October: General musculoskeletal health messaging
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 healthcare leaders.
Visit our Things to do and resources page.
Again, we’ll be using the hashtag #BoneJointWeek so please include it in all your social media activity. And keep an eye on what’s going on by following @WeAreARMA on Twitter or check back on this page for updates.