World Arthritis Day, referred to as WAD, is a global awareness day held every year on 12 October. WAD aims to help raise awareness in all audiences across the world of the existence and impact of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, often referred to as RMDs. The debilitating effects of these diseases, of which more than 200 exist, are little known; their impact, however, is largely – and silently – felt.
World Arthritis Day (WAD) was established in 1996 by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI) to raise awareness of issues affecting people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs).
What is Arthritis?
The word arthritis actually means joint inflammation; in public health arthritis is used as a shorthand term for arthritis and other rheumatic conditions.
What are the most common types of arthritis?
The most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis, gout, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
Symptoms of arthritis in affected joint are- swelling, pain, stiffness, decreased range of movements.
Health tips for living with RMDs/Arthritis-
(a) Healthy living– Improve your wellbeing by keeping high on emotional wellbeing, self-management and motivation and by making healthy lifestyle choices such as:
- Don’t smoke.
- Avoid stress– As stress can alter behaviour, affect sleep patterns, change appetite and increase muscle tension therefore use relaxation techniques to help manage stress.
- Get adequate sleep– Get enough quality sleep to protect your mental and physical wellbeing and quality of life.
- Reduce alcohol intake
(b) Healthy eating-
- Healthy and balanced diet is important for people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs).
- Control your salt and sugar intake:
- Try to reduce sugar intake as it is high in calories especially in soft drinks, ready meals and confectionery foods.
- Salt intake should be less than 5 grams per day for adults. Too much salt can cause high blood pressure, an increased risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
(c) Physical activity and fitness- Being physically active is good for general health and can have specific benefits for people with RMD/Arthritis. Consult your doctor or physiotherapist about the type of exercise most appropriate for your condition. Exercise may be in the form of cycling, dancing, walking, gardening, swimming, yoga etc.
World Arthritis Day Wishes, Messages:
Arthritis is just the beginning of a series of other diseases and also mobility issues. Take care and do not ignore the early signs.
The pain of arthritis can only be understood by those who have withstood it. It is one of the hardest to endure. Treat yourself immediately to get rid of this disease and live free.
On this world arthritis day, let us take an oath to make sure that we treat all the disease in the best possible manner and get rid of the pain.
Though the arthritis slows people down with the pain, it doesn’t have the power to stop them because each of the patients is standing tall against the pain and fighting it.
For each of the patient, every day with the immense pain of arthritis is a fight which they struggle to pull off day in and out. Our heartiest wishes for them to get rid of the pain for life, real soon.
Not all the steps are alike and not walks are all the same for a patient of arthritis. The harder the disease tries to cripple them, the stronger they fight back!
No one can see the symptoms or the pain. But it silently kills the sufferer morally with immense physical pain. Know the disease well on this World Arthritis Day.