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World Arthritis Day Observed on 12 October

Oct 12, 2013 11:01 IST

12 October 2013: World Arthritis Day

World Arthritis Day is observed across the world on 12 October 2013 to raise awareness about Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs).

The Day is celebrated each year on 12 October to raise awareness of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases amongst the medical community, people with RMDs and the general public.

World Arthritis Day was established in 1996 by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI) and is celebrated each year on 12 October.

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.

About Arthritis

• Arthritis means joint inflammation, and it's used to describe different diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround joints, and other connective tissues in the body.

• Two of the most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

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