Bone and Joint Action Week

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.

As you are aware the byeline of the BJD is “Keep People Moving”. Therefore, we would encourage you to do an activity based on this theme which you can promote nationally and which we can showcase globally for you.

Suggested ideas include  a high profile walk or run, or something highlighting the importance of dexterity, an educational seminar for patients or the public, an exercise event for school children (example: straighten up posture pod), etc.  Please inform our central office of your plans and send in announcements or media notices so that we can disseminate it globally. We look forward to working with you to make the Bone and Joint Action Week a worldwide success!


12 October 2015

World Arthrisis Day logo

World Arthritis Day

World Arthritis Day (WAD) was established in 1996 by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI) and is celebrated each year on 12 October.
Now, people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) from around the world can join together to make their voices heard on this day. World Arthritis Day is an ideal focus for organisations to raise awareness of issues affecting people with RMDs and for individuals to support campaigns.
Although 12 October is the official World Arthritis Day, this is a year round campaign.
The aims of World Arthritis Day are:

  • To raise awareness of RMDs amongst the medical community, people with RMDs and the general public
  • To influence public policy by making decision-makers aware of the burden of RMDs and the steps which can be taken to ease it
  • To ensure all people with RMDs and their caregivers are aware of the vast support network available to them.

The World Arthritis Day website is supported and managed by EULAR, the European League Against Rheumatism.

This year you are invited to share a High 5 image with the hastag #WADHigh5 to raise awareness of RMDs for WAD.

16 October 2015

World Spine Day

Every year on October 16th people from around the world join together to raise awareness on World Spine Day as part of the Bone and Joint Decade’s Action Week.  The @World_Spine_Day (WSD) theme for 2015 is Your Back at Work, focusing on the importance of education related to good spinal health and prevention of injuries in the workplace – help promote WSD by sharing a “spine selfie” of “Your Back at Work”!

To help mark World Spine Day, participating health care providers and organisations around the world are encouraged to plan special events focusing on education on “Your Back at Work”!  Please refer to “Resources” tab for the WSD Toolkit and other relevant educational materials to help you get started!

Here is a new promo video for WSD 2015 and a link to the World Spine Care blog.

The aims of World Spine Day are to:

  • Raise awareness about spinal health and spine disorders within the interdisciplinary health care community and amongst public policy decision-makers and the general public;
  • To provide an opportunity for and encourage ongoing discussion about the burden of spinal disorders; and
  • To promote an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to easing the burden of spinal disorders.


17 October 2015
World Trauma Day

WHO research has shown that at least 50 percent of road deaths occurring in developing countries could have been prevented with effective interference after trauma has occurred, that is:

  • Immediate pre-hospital care
  • Adequate knowledge of handling emergency situations (involves training of personnel)
  • Adequate supply of pre-hospital care equipment and facilities (enough ambulances and other medical supplies)


19 October 2015
World Pediatric Bone & Joint (PB&J) Day

The 2015 theme is ACL tears.

The theme for 2015 is Childhood and Adolescent ACL Injuries – see here for a Press Release by the The Pediatric Specialty Group of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative.

The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) Pediatric Specialty Group’s goal is to identify the primary areas of concern with regard to children’s musculoskeletal health, including those that relate to other health issues, and to develop programs and activities through research, education and advocacy that will promote their improved health, and reduce the burden of disease.

They are asking you to share your event or your day on Facebook or via Twitter @USBJI.

World PB&J Day seeks to highlight the impact of musculoskeletal conditions on children and educate health care providers and the public about children’s musculoskeletal health issues.

  •  Nearly 48% of adults have a musculoskeletal condition, many of which began in childhood.
  • Children represent 10% of the population with a disabling musculoskeletal condition.

20 October 2015
World Osteoporosis Day

World Osteoporosis Day

The World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) 2015 campaign tagline urges us to ‘Serve up bone strength’.

You are invited to “Wear White on October 20 and embrace better bone health“, take photos of your event and submit your “Wear White for WOD” images to or share via and you can use their Toolkit for ideas on how to campaign.

The International Osteoporosis Foundation is spreading the message that fractures are warning signs. Their messages for 2015 are:

  • GET TESTED Ask your doctor for a clinical assessment
  • PREVENT THE FIRST FRACTURE Know the risk factors : find out by taking the IOF One Minute Risk Test
  • GET INFORMED With the IOF Full Patient Booklet