World Arthritis Day

World Arthritis Day 2015: Monday 12th October

“Rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMD’s) affect a quarter of all people in the European Union – over 120 million people, of which 10 million reside in the UK. Almost every family in Europe is affected by RMDs in some way”

World Arthritis Day

RMD’s, or arthritis, as it is more commonly known, will be at the centre of the health campaign calendar on 12th October, as those who treat, work with or are affected by arthritis come together as part of World Arthritis Day. This year’s campaign theme is “It’s In Your Hands, Take Action” and is all about showing your support with a multitude of “High 5” action!

High 5?

Yes – you heard us right! You can become part of the campaign and get involved by contributing to the World Arthritis Day social media campaign, all in just a few simple steps:



Choose a person you know affected by arthritis who you would like to support. Write their name on the back on your hand.


Take a photo of your hand in a High 5 pose


Write a message to accompany your photo, telling people why you are sharing a High 5 for World Arthritis Day and what it means to you to support the campaign.


Post your photo on Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #WADHigh5. Don’t forget to tag or @mention the person you are High 5ing if they use social media too.


Want To Know More About Arthritis?

Arthritis can be a frustrating illness that prevents ease of movement due to pain caused by swelling in the joints. It can affect most parts of the body, but is mostly associated with the hands, spine, feet and hips. A lot of people think that arthritis only affects the older generation, but it can also affect children and young people too. There are a range of treatments and remedies available to manage the symptoms and enable you to lead a good quality life.

At present, there is no cure for arthritis and as the statistics show, it is a wide-ranging illness with many different variations. Two of the most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Want to know the difference?



Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis most common amongst the over 50’s. It affects approximately 8 million people in the UK, and is associated with general wear and tear, an injury or being overweight. Those who have osteoarthritis experience problems with the cartilage lining of their joints, which inhibits movement, leading to pain and stiffness. The lack of movement can cause the cartilage lining to thin and tissues within the joint to become more active, resulting in swelling and the formation of bony spurs called osteophytes. Over time, the lining may erode completely causing bones in the joints to rub together, which can be extremely painful. You can limit your chances of developing osteoarthritis by leading an active lifestyle, which includes plenty of movement, stretching and maintaining a healthy weight.


Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is less common, affecting 400,000 people in the UK around the ages of 40-50. Women are three times more likely to suffer from rheumatoid arthritis than men. The condition is a type of autoimmune disease, causing the immune system to attack the lining of the joints, resulting in pain and swelling. In worse cases, it can alter the shape of the joint and cause the bone and cartilage to break down altogether, often leading to a joint replacement operation – such as a knee or a hip. There are a number of different treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis including medication, surgery and supportive treatments like physiotherapy. Symptoms include, pain, stiffness, swelling and redness in the joints and it is most commonly found in the hands, feet and wrists.

To read more on World Arthritis Day, please visit their website which contains information on events, arthritis facts and tips and support on managing the condition.