World Arthritis Day

World Arthritis Day Quick Facts - GB

2023 Date12 October 2023
2024 Date12 October 2024

World Arthritis Day

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World Arthritis Day aims at raising awareness about the challenges faced by people living with arthritis, and advocating for better access to healthcare and support services. Arthritis affects millions of people worldwide, causing pain, stiffness, and inflammation in joints or muscles, and in some cases, can lead to long-term disability. This observance encourages communities to prioritise the needs of people with arthritis and their caregivers, as well as highlighting the importance of early diagnosis and timely interventions.

The first World Arthritis Day took place in 1996 and is observed each year to provide a platform for people to share their stories and experiences. In the United Kingdom, arthritis affects nearly 9 million people across the country. Organisations such as Versus Arthritis and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society advocate for the rights of people with arthritis on this day and beyond, campaigning for improved access to health and social care services.

World Arthritis Day is observed in the United Kingdom through organised walks, charity runs, and educational workshops. Many people participate in these events to raise funds for research and support services, while also raising awareness of the realities of living with arthritis. Prominent landmarks across the UK may be illuminated in blue or green, representing the colours of the day, to show support for those affected by arthritis. World Arthritis Day takes place on the 12th of October each year, providing an opportunity for those affected, their families, and the wider public to come together to make a difference.

World Arthritis Day Facts

  • Nearly 20% of individuals with arthritis believe the severity of their condition has a significant effect on their quality of life.
  • Women are more likely to develop arthritis than men, especially after the age of 50. This difference is most significant in rheumatoid arthritis, where women are 2-3 times more likely to be affected than men.

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World Arthritis Day Top Things to Do

  • Treat yourself to a relaxing spa day at one of the many luxury spas across the UK. Spa treatments like hydrotherapy, warm water therapies, or gentle massages can provide relief and relaxation for arthritis symptoms.
  • Explore the beautiful countryside while participating in arthritis-friendly walks. Locations like the Lake District, Snowdonia, or the South Downs National Park offer accessible trails suitable for people with arthritis.
  • Support arthritis-friendly businesses, products, or services.
  • Volunteer with local organizations that support people with arthritis, such as Arthr, UK Gout Society, or National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.
  • Learn about arthritis by reading up on the topic or attending educational events.

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