ARMA is a member of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) and the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, disseminating information from these organisations to the musculoskeletal community across the UK.
Being the UK’s National Action Network (NAN), ARMA actively collaborates with other national and international organisations, as well as representing the UK on an international stage.
Bone & Joint Action Week
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 Pediatric Bone & Joint Day
20 October: World Osteoporosis Day
Follow the campaign on twitter at @WeAreARMA and #BoneandJointWeek2017 .
12th October: World Arthritis Day (WAD)
The World Arthritis Day is supported by EULAR, and this year’s theme is “Don’t Delay, Connect Today!”
This campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of early diagnosis in preventing further damage to those living with RMDs, and to encourage timely access to evidence-based treatment.
You can get involved by liking and sharing posts on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (#ConnectToday).
Find out more at www.worldarthritisday.org/get-involved.
Expand and browse all World Arthritis Day posts, here.
16th October: World Spine Day (WSD)
This year, the WSD theme is “Your Back in Action” highlighting the importance of physical activity and improving posture as part of good spinal health and prevention of injury. WSD is encouraging people and organisations worldwide to plan special events around the theme of #yourbackinaction to raise awareness of good spinal health.
See www.worldspineday.org for more information and how to get involved.
17th October: World Trauma Day
19th October: World Pediatric Bone & Joint (PB&J) Day
20th October: World Osteoporosis Day (WOD)
The World Osteoporosis Day theme in 2017 is ‘Love Your Bones – Protect Your Future’. The focus is on the global burden of osteoporosis and the need for fracture prevention.
The International Osteoporosis Foundation is encouraging people to sign the IOF Global Patient Charter in support of improved patient care.
The IOF will be launching a newly designed website upon which you can post your WOD events and campaign information, which should be available from mid-August. In the meantime, feel free to download posters and several new facts sheets that have been uploaded on the current www.worldosteoporosisday.org website.
EULAR – the European League Against Rheumatism
The UK is one of many countries across Europe represented within EULAR, a diverse organisation that lobbies at the european level. The varying size, structure and activities of EULAR’s members means different approaches to issues must be represented, however all members work with a common goal to improve the lives of people with rheumatic diseases.
EULAR’s activities include raising awareness of the diseases, defending the rights and interests of people with RMDs, and promoting access to the latest and most appropriate treatments. EULAR collects and collates research on the different musculoskeletal conditions, and specifically develops information for broadcast to a non-medical audience.
For more information see EULAR website.
Recent EULAR posts:
EULAR EMEUNET Journal Club and Social Media survey 01/06/2018 - EMEUNET (the Emerging Eular NETwork) and the EULAR School of Rheumatology have launched an online educational initiative called Twitter Journal Club, facilitated by experienced rheumatologists. The aim is to allow Twitter users to participate in a discussion with colleagues around the world about recent key papers in rheumatology. Each month details of the article selected ... EULAR’s approach to pain management 01/06/2018 - In May 2018, The European League Against Rheumatism published a set of recommendations designed to help health professionals implement approaches to pain management in inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis patients. The aim is to reduce pain and the burden on the individual and society. Pain is the predominant symptom for people with inflammatory arthritis (IA) and ... Patient survey on MSK self-management apps 26/04/2018 - EULAR has funded a project aimed at understanding the development, evaluation and implementation of mobile phone applications for self-management in patients with rheumatic diseases. Following a systematic literature teview, the project task force is now at a stage where it would like to gain insights into the patient's views, perceptions and current use of health ... Accolade for ASone website & Axial Spondyloarthritis Seminar 02/03/2018 - ASone wins European Award NASS is delighted to announce our ASone website is the inaugural winner of the EULAR Young PARE Youth Award. In summer 2017 NASS launched ASone, a platform aimed at young people with AS. It's a community where young people can share their thoughts, feelings and experiences. ASone covers a range of ...
The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health
The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health (G-Musc) is a global initiative intended to improve the lives of people with musculoskeletal disorders and to advance understanding and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders through prevention, education and research.
G-Musc used to be known as the BJD, after the United Nations, the World Health Organization and 37 countries proclaimed the years 2000-2010 as the Bone and Joint Decade. Due to the success of this organisation it was extended to become the Bone and Joint decades, with a scope lasting until 2020. The initial 10-year global initiative was launched by the United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, who urged governments around the world to start taking action to draw attention to the growing pervasiveness and impact of musculoskeletal diseases, and to reduce the social and financial burdens to society.
What is ARMA’s Role in the Global Alliance?
As a supporter of the lobal Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, ARMA is part of a worldwide effort to:
- raise awareness and educate the world on the increasing societal impact of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders
- empower patients and service users to participate in decisions about their care and treatment
- increase global funding for prevention activities and treatment research
- continually seek and promote cost-effective prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders
The World Health Organization estimates that several hundred million people already suffer from bone and joint diseases, with dramatic increases expected due to a doubling in the number of people over 50 years of age by 2020. Musculo-skeletal conditions are the most common causes of severe long-term pain and physical disability, affecting hundreds of million of people across the world. The extent of the problem and its burden on patients and society can be understood from some examples:
- Joint diseases account for half of all chronic conditions in persons aged 65 and over.
- Back pain is the second leading cause of sick leave.
- Fractures related to osteoporosis have almost doubled in number in the last decade; it is estimated that 40% of all women over 50 years will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture.
- The severe injuries caused by traffic accidents and war produce a tremendous demand for preventive and restorative help. It it anticipated that 25% of health expenditure of developing countries will be spent on trauma related care by the year 2010.
- Crippling diseases and deformities continue to deprive children of their normal development.
Please visit the Global Alliance site for more information.
Recent Global Alliance posts:
Reducing the global burden of musculoskeletal conditions 01/06/2018 - The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health is delighted to inform you about the paper "Reducing the global burden of musculoskeletal conditions" published online in the WHO Bulletin, May 2018. International experts, working with The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, are calling for global action from health authorities to address the huge burden of musculoskeletal conditions, ... G-MUSC Update 04/09/2017 - News from the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health regarding - the transition to Berlin from the United Kingdom; the change in leadership; and the arrangements for the G-MUSC Symposium and Annual General Meeting: Venue: Berlin, October 22nd - 23rd 2017 For more details on these items, open the G-MUSC Update in pdf. ARMA Policy Position Paper on Joint Replacement Surgery 09/08/2017 - In early August, ARMA has published a Policy Position Paper titled: ‘Rationing’ Access to Joint Replacement Surgery and Impact on People with Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions [document opens in pdf] It deals with the damaging nature of thresholds and scoring tools, the problems of waiting times and restricted access to surgery, and how patients with ...
A selection of other recent international posts:
EULAR EMEUNET Journal Club and Social Media survey 01/06/2018 - EMEUNET (the Emerging Eular NETwork) and the EULAR School of Rheumatology have launched an online educational initiative called Twitter Journal Club, facilitated by experienced rheumatologists. The aim is to allow Twitter users to participate in a discussion with colleagues around the world about recent key papers in rheumatology. Each month details of the article selected ... EULAR’s approach to pain management 01/06/2018 - In May 2018, The European League Against Rheumatism published a set of recommendations designed to help health professionals implement approaches to pain management in inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis patients. The aim is to reduce pain and the burden on the individual and society. Pain is the predominant symptom for people with inflammatory arthritis (IA) and ... International BMJD Congress 2018 19/12/2017 - The 6th World Congress on Controversies, Debates & Consensus in Bone, Muscle & Joint Diseases (BMJD) will take place November 8-10, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. bmjd-congress.org The 6th BMJD Congress will address the most burning questions in the field of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Inflammatory Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Spondyloarthropathy, Lupus, and more. Through debates of controversial issues and discussions on clinically ... ARMA Chair Tony Woolf receives international recognition 12/11/2017 - Chair of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance Receives Top Honor from American College of Rheumatology Professor Tony Woolf was honored with the designation of Master by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) during the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego. Recognition as a Master is one of the highest honors that the ACR bestows on ... NHSE/ARMA Webinar & WHO Global Action Plan 28/09/2017 - NHSE/ARMA Webinar Gains Traction on YouTube The "Sport, Exercise and Musculoskeletal Training in the NHS" webinar has received almost 300 views on YouTube; please continue to share and promote this important resource which highlights physical inactivity as the largest public health problem of the 21st century and outlines how Exercise Medicine and Musculoskeletal Medicine, delivered ... The Societal Impact of Pain – SIP 2017 30/06/2017 - The UK Gout Society recently attended the 7th European Symposium of the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP 2017) in Malta, organised by the European Pain Federation (EFIC), Pain Alliance Europe, the Active Citizen Network and Grünenthal. The event brought together stakeholders from across the EU and MSK community – and provided a platform to raise ... World Federation of Chiropractic Assembly 24/03/2017 - ARMA trustee, Matthew Bennett, attended the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Assembly in Washington, a meeting of the leaders of the worlds’ chiropractic associations. A common theme was the growth of the profession. In the Republic of Congo, with just two chiropractors for example, there is an urgent need for development and the WFC does ... World Spine Care 24/03/2017 - At a recent meeting of the World Federation of Chiropractic in Washington, founder of World Spine Care, Scott Haldeman MD, DC, reported on the latest developments. The WSC is a collaboration of people working in MSK care, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of those suffering from spine related conditions in communities underserved by ...
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