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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 .

WAD-big12th 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

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 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 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:

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 ...
EULAR Recommendations for imaging in large vessel vasculitis 02/02/2018 - The European League Against Rheumatism, EULAR, has published a set of recommendations, which look at the use of imaging modalities in primary large vessel vasculitis, including giant cell arteritis and Takayasu arteritis. The recommendations are intended to advise physicians on the use of imaging modalities (including ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, MRI, computed tomography, CT, and ...
The Fourth EULAR PARE Best Practice Webinar – 14th December 30/11/2017 - The EULAR organisation is particularly delighted that Hans Bijlsma, EULAR President, has kindly agreed to share his knowledge and insights on some hot topics for our next webinar: “News on biologics/biosimilars, JAK-inhibitors and Glucocorticoids as well as insights into the latest EULAR Guidelines and their development” The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, 14 December, 14.00 - 15.30 ...
Contribute to EULAR 2018 – Abstract submission now open 30/10/2017 - The Annual European Congress of Rheumatology will take place in Amsterdam, 13-16 June 2018. Building on a record of 4,850 abstracts submitted in 2017, EULAR 2018 is expected to achieve more success than ever before. Submit your abstract and join EULAR in its endeavour to improve the availability of information and the ability to diagnose and treat all areas of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases ...

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:

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 ...
G-MUSC 2017 Symposium and Annual General Meeting 31/07/2017 - Sunday 22nd October – Monday 23rd October 2017, Berlin GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR MUSCULOSKELETAL HEALTH “Integrated Care for Older People – The Path to Universal Health Coverage” in partnership with the German Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation After many months of planning, the Global Alliance For Musculoskeletal Health are happy to announce that ...


A selection of other recent international posts:

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. 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 ...
Announcing Experts in Arthritis videos 26/10/2016 - To coincide with October’s World Arthritis Day, the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) has released three new animated videos. These form part of their public education Experts in Arthritis programme, an exciting element to aid in their efforts to educate the public about taking control of Arthritis. The videos can be seen at ...
World Health Organisation landmark action plan will tackle tidal wave of musculoskeletal conditions 15/09/2016 - 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 a tidal wave of musculoskeletal conditions in Europe [1]. The Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in the WHO European Region, ...

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