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Tag: Bone and Joint Action Week

12-20 October 2018

12-20 October is a time of important collective campaign activity for ARMA members, with Bone and Joint Week. The theme of campaign is: “Musculoskeletal conditions: The elephant in the room?

It’s highlighting that musculoskeletal conditions of the bones, joints and muscles are a big problem in the UK; with over 17 million people living with a musculoskeletal condition, more people suffer with disability from musculoskeletal conditions than anything else.

The aim of the campaign is to encourage policy and decision makers to shift mindset and take action to champion good musculoskeletal health of the bones, joints and muscles throughout life.

For Bone and Joint Week, we’re releasing a series of infographics with key messages throughout the period that the ARMA policy and communications professionals crafted. Please retweet them from our account on @WeAreARMA. Lookout for Vlogs from during the event too. NHS England and Public Health England are supporting the event as well.

Alliance members are using #BoneJointWeek during the period and we encourage you to tweet with it!

During this annually occurring event there are dedicated days to highlight major rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions.

12-20 October – Bone and Joint Week:

    • 12 October: World Arthritis Day
    • 16 October: World Spine Day
    • 19 October: World Paediatric Bone & Joint Day
    • 20 October: World Osteoporosis Day

Bone and Joint Week 2018 is part of an international campaign to improve musculoskeletal health.

Bone and Joint Week 2018 runs from 12-20 October 2018, highlighting the reality that musculoskeletal conditions are a big problem in the UK: they affect nearly everyone at some point in their life; they are the biggest cause of disability in the UK.

Musculoskeletal conditions can affect people of all ages, including children. If not treated appropriately, musculoskeletal conditions can impact daily activities such as working, walking, climbing stairs, cooking, personal hygiene and mental health.

During Bone and Joint Week there are dedicated days to highlight major rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions.

12 October: World Arthritis Day
16 October: World Spine Day
19 October: World Paediatric Bone and Joint Day
20 October: World Osteoporosis Day

Support and follow the campaign on twitter at @WeAreARMA by retweeting and look out for more information on www.arma.uk.net.

There are many reasons for organisations working in collaboration with others. Over the years I have worked to influence health and care policy I have seen many changes which could never have happened if organisations had not worked together on issues of common concern, even where opinions may differ on other issues.

Bone and Joint week 2017 in October showed how, with a bit of co-ordination, we can work together to speak louder than any one organisation alone. Bone and Joint Week is an international opportunity to raise awareness of issues related to all things musculoskeletal. It also contains days for arthritis, spinal, paediatric bone and joint conditions and osteoporosis. There was a lot of planned activity by different ARMA members.

ARMA co-ordinated social media activity to raise awareness of the week but also to amplify members own campaigns. NHS England and Public Health England got in on the act, publishing a blog post from ARMA Chair, Tony Woolf, to launch the week, and supporting the activity on twitter. By sharing our plans, ARMA enabled small organisations without much social media capacity to take part in celebrating the week and organisations with their own plans to reach a bigger audience. Everyone benefits from the increased impact.

We can see what a difference working together made. Compared with last year’s BJA week we saw around 30 times more reach, more people clicking through to our information, more retweets. But it doesn’t stop with one week. Across the whole year, ARMA will be working to enable our members to support each other and enabling increased debate and profile for musculoskeletal issues.

Why not get involved? Here are three things you can do:

Get involved – there’s strength in numbers.

To mark the 22nd World Arthritis Day on 12th October and Bone and Joint Week from 12th-20th October, Arthritis Action held education and support group meetings in various locations across the UK for people with arthritis during the whole month of October.

Attendees heard from a variety of speakers on a range of issues affecting those with arthritis, including healthy eating, exercise, and physical therapy.

Leicester-based Arthritis Action Member Pauline Walker, aged 60, said: I’m an Arthritis Action member and have enjoyed the local Group meetings in which members, old and new have shared experiences and useful tips on managing arthritis. We have had invaluable input and support from the Charity and I have found the Groups to be pleasant, social occasions with a positive approach.

“The theme for this year’s World Arthritis Day, “it’s in your hands, take action”, is a really good one as I know that I have a tendency to rely too much on medication and health professionals, and Arthritis Action events cover a range of issues such as pain management and the benefits of physical activity.”

Bristol-based Arthritis Action Member, Christine Wilmot, aged 60, said: “I have had Palindromic Arthritis since 2011 and joined Arthritis Action earlier this year. I’ve now been to three meetings in Bristol and have found them full of positive, helpful advice. The Group is quite small, friendly and informal, with everyone sharing their own experiences. I have learned useful ways to deal with pain and tiredness during ‘flare-ups’ and how to improve mobility through exercise, diet and relaxation.”

Arthritis Action’s Groups offer people with arthritis a platform to meet others, share their stories, questions and tips on living with arthritis, whilst helping them to overcome the physical and emotional problems associated with the condition to improve their quality of life. Arthritis Action runs Groups in London, Bristol, Bury St Edmunds, Norwich, Staines, Eastbourne, Ferndown, Coventry, Leicester, and Warrington.

Shantel Irwin, Chief Executive of Arthritis Action, said: “Around 10 million people in the UK live with arthritis. It is the leading cause of pain and disability nationwide. Arthritis Action is lending its support to World Arthritis Day and calls on health communities everywhere to prioritise arthritis and help raise awareness of how the condition impacts those living with it.

“We are delighted to be bringing people with arthritis together to discuss their feelings and how arthritis impacts their everyday life. We hope to continue to empower people with arthritis in the UK to better manage the physical and emotional pain associated with the condition and help them lead more active lives.”

Bone and Joint Week 2017 runs from 12th-20th October

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

19 October: World Paediatric Bone & Joint Day

20 October: World Osteoporosis Day

Follow the campaign on twitter at @WeAreARMA and #BoneandJointWeek2017.

The Bone & Joint Decade, the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, gives an overarching theme for the week as well as encouraging active support of the individual days.

NHS England and ARMA published a blog from Professor Anthony Woolf, ARMA chairman to mark the start of Bone and Joint Week.

ARMA published a series of press releases about bone and joint week.

Bone and Joint Week 2017 is part of an international campaign to improve musculoskeletal health.

Round-up of campaigns during Bone and Joint Week 2017

A number of ARMA members are running campaigns during the week:

Arthritis Action: Arthritis Action are celebrating World Arthritis Day 2017 https://www.arthritisaction.org.uk/wad17/

Arthritis Action’s Activity on World Arthritis Day https://www.arthritisaction.org.uk/arthritis-actions-activity-on-world-arthritis-day/

You can read about Charlotte’s Story https://www.arthritisaction.org.uk/living-with-arthritis/charlotte/

Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists:        

  • Sent out a press release including information on musculoskeletal health and its impact nationally, locally and individually and how acupuncture with physiotherapy can help treat and manage these conditions.
  • they included information about Bone and Joint Week within their October E-Newsletter, distributed to 6,000 members and are using social media to publicise the campaign.     

Arthritis Research UK:Nation’s joint problem’ campaign raises awareness of the true impact of arthritis on the individual and society.

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy: The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is launching a Rehab Matters campaign this autumn. Community rehabilitation transforms lives and enables recovery for millions each year, reducing the number of people becoming needlessly disabled and prevented from leading active lives – from stroke survivors and people living with and beyond cancer, to hip fracture patients and people with long- term conditions like arthritis, coronary and lung disease. Currently too many patients have long waits for rehabilitation after leaving hospital, 50% of people who have had a hip fracture are not offered rehab when they leave hospital and if they are, most wait for over four weeks. Find out more from the CSP’s physiotherapy primary care summary briefing page.

College of Podiatry: The Patient’s Perspective – Ten Podiatry and Patient Stories, making a difference to the lives of podiatry patients.

EULAR: The World Arthritis Day is supported by EULAR, and their 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 FacebookInstagram and Twitter (#ConnectToday).

Find out more at www.worldarthritisday.org/get-involved.

Fibromyalgia UK: See Fibromyalgia awareness week.

LUPUS UK:

“LUPUS: The Joints and Muscles” Factsheet
“LUPUS: Bone Health & Osteoporosis” Factsheet
“Exercising with Lupus” Blog Article
“Pain Management” Blog Article
“Exercising with Lupus” Video

NASS is delighted to launch the third in their series of videos about ankylosing spondylitis Managing Your AS. The video focuses on the importance of exercise for AS and the use of medication in managing the condition. This follows on from their two previous releases What is AS? and Ankylosing Spondylitis – Not just back pain.
NASS is asking that supporters share these videos with family and friends to help them to understand how AS affects their lives, and to generally raise awareness.

National Osteoporosis Society: See their campaign: A message to my younger self.

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society: See www.nras.org.uk

NHS England: A blog from ARMA Chair Anthony Woolf was published, and they are supporting ARMA on social media.

Bone & Joint Action Week is our opportunity to highlight the importance of musculoskeletal health and the need to effectively prevent and manage conditions which affect it.

During this week 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

The Bone & Joint Decade, the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, gives an overarching theme for the week as well as encouraging active support of the individual days.

World Arthritis Day (WAD) – 12th October 2016

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EULAR are running a campaign for WAD on ”The Future In Your Hands’, encouraging people to share their stories about how they have taken action to live their life to the fullest with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease (RMD) and support others with RMDs.

Get involved via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and join the conversation with the hashtag #WADstory.
Find out more at http://www.worldarthritisday.org/our-campaign.

National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) campaign:

NASS-2015-logo-square-smallSee the NASS campaign www.nass.co.uk/patientvoicepatientchoice

Follow on Twitter with @NASSexercise.

 

Share Your Everyday campaign

aruk-2016-new-logoKicking off on World Arthritis Day this October, Share your Everyday will run for six weeks. www.arthritisresearchuk.org/shareyoureveryday

Following the same format as last year, the campaign will give people with arthritis an opportunity to share their experience of living with arthritis – we want to hear how they push back the limits of arthritis to make their everyday life better.

 

World Spine Day – 16th October

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World Spine Day is an initiative of the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, coordinated each year by the World Federation of Chiropractic.

This year the theme is “Straighten Up and Move” which accords with evidence supporting optimum care for spinal disorders and the World Health Organization’s focus on physical activity as a way to combat a range of health disorders including cardiovascular disease, obesity and, of course, musculoskeletal disorders.

For information and resources about how organisations can get involved go to http://www.worldspineday.org/.

World Trauma Day – 17th October

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World Trauma Day began in 2011 in New Delhi with the purpose to set a day aside to consider the impact, prevention and treatment of traumatic injuries and deaths.

World Health Organization (WHO) research has shown that at least 50 percent of road deaths occurring in developing countries could have been prevented with effective intervention after trauma has occurred, including immediate pre-hospital care.

World Pediatric Bone & Joint Day – 19th October

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World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day, developed by the multi-disciplinary Pediatric Specialty Group of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) features educational stories on important bone and joint-related conditions and their impact on children.

The USBJI Pediatric Specialty Group’s goal is to identify the primary areas of concern with regard to children’s musculoskeletal health and to develop programmes and activities through research, education and advocacy.

Share your event or the day on Facebook or via Twitter @USBJI.

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For World Osteoporosis Day on the 20th October, The Institute of Osteopathy (iO) will be delivering public health advice and education to patients and the public through our website and social media. We will also provide health promotion information for osteopaths to use on their websites, posters and leaflets for their practices, as well as free face-to-face training, CPD articles in our professional journal and by promoting the National Osteoporosis Society’s e-learning module for clinicians.

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The iO is the professional body for osteopaths, representing around 70% of the profession. During 2016, the iO has teamed up with the National Osteoporosis Society to encourage osteopaths to spread the word amongst patients and the public about prevention, detection and treatment of this condition. Osteopaths are in a prime position to screen patients for this silent condition, offering management advice and support as part of our holistic approach.

Follow us on our twitter handle, @InstOsteopathy  #worldosteoporosisday and #loveyourbones
We have released a news article about the day http://www.osteopathy.org/news/world-osteoporosis-day-20th-october/

 

The National Osteoporosis Society’s annual awareness campaign, Lace up for Bones, is now in full swing with thousands of orange laces being sold, swapped and shared on social media.

Charity Ambassador Craig Revel Horwood tweeted his photo to his followers, generating a peak of interest. The campaign runs until World Osteoporosis Day on 20th October and laces can be bought at www.laceupforbones.co.uk.