Contributed by: Anjali Sharma
Since 1996, October 12 has been recognized as World Arthritis Day (WAD). The aim of the day is to raise public awareness about the prevalence of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases or RMDs.
A condition that affects the joints is arthritis. Joint pain, swelling, stiffness, redness of the skin and decreased joint mobility are some of the common symptoms. The term ‘arthritis’ covers more than 100 subtypes of rheumatic diseases. The most widespread and common type of arthritis is probably osteoarthritis.
Age-related degeneration commonly affects the fingers, knees and hips. Gout, lupus, fibromyalgia and septic arthritis are some additional categories of rheumatic diseases.
World Arthritis Day 2022 theme
‘It’s in your hands, take action‘ is this year’s theme. The purpose of the topic is to increase awareness of the illness among patients, caregivers, families and the general public. Thanks to current technology and its cutting-edge technologies, keeping in mind that this disease may one day be completely eradicated calls for immediate action in the fight against arthritis today.
World Arthritis Day 2022: Significance
The importance of World Arthritis Day is that it raises awareness by focusing the world’s attention for one day on a debilitating and silent condition that affects the general public. More people will be able to identify their illness and receive appropriate therapy as more people become aware of the disease, its symptoms and remedies.
In addition, World Arthritis Day builds a network where sufferers, their loved ones, caregivers and others can share their stories. In addition to highlighting new advances in the fight against disease, the day also highlights how far science and humans have come.
World Arthritis Day 2022: History
Joint inflammation is a sign of arthritis, derived from the Greek words ‘arthro’ for joint and ‘itis’ for inflammation. The first records of this illness date back to 4500 BC, and prehistoric man was regularly affected by it. Dr. Alfred Baring Garrod, a British rheumatologist, first used the term ‘rheumatoid arthritis’ in 1859.
World Arthritis Day 2022: Know the early signs and symptoms
Since arthritis affects the joints, its first symptoms affect how well your joints work. Some of these are:
Joint pain, often medically called arthralgia, is an early indication of arthritis. Usually, the discomfort is accompanied by a dull ache and burning sensation. Continued use of the joints causes further discomfort.
Inflammation and sensitivity
Arthritis-related discomfort in the joints can cause them to enlarge. In people with arthritis, synovial fluid, which acts as a lubricant in the joints, is overproduced. It causes inflammation in the joints.
The patient’s ability to move is also limited by this.
Additionally, some individuals may experience redness around their joints when they have arthritis.
Rigidity, especially in the morning
Many people report morning stiffness. When it rains or the humidity changes, the stiffness and discomfort worsens.
Who is at risk of developing arthritis?
- People who are obese or overweight have a higher risk of developing arthritis. The more weight you carry, the more stress you put on your legs, back and hips.
- Eating highly processed foods like sugar and white flour can lead to weight gain, which is hard on joint pain. Replace them with nutritious grains, nuts and fruits.
- Known as ‘smartphone thumb’, this condition can often be brought on by texting and holding your phone for too long. Texting puts stress on your wrists, especially your thumbs. So, if you want to prevent arthritis, try to avoid thumb texting or use the voice-to-text feature. Additionally, according to doctors, texting can be terrible for your neck and shoulders.
- Wearing high heels all the time puts your feet in an uncomfortable position that stresses joints and muscles and can cause your spine to be out of alignment. Women who frequently wear heels should be aware that this practice may increase their risk of osteoarthritis and foot discomfort.
- Injuries are also a risk factor. Compared to people who did not experience an accident, those who injured a knee as a teenager or young adult were three times more likely to develop osteoarthritis in that knee.
Arthritis can limit movement and even make it difficult to sit up straight if it doesn’t resolve. This bone-related illness often worsens with age. Every year on October 12, World Arthritis Day is recognized to raise awareness about this serious medical illness.
This topic aims to inspire people with arthritis, their families, caregivers and others to take the necessary steps to improve the quality of life of those with arthritis.
Additionally, you should undergo preventive health checkups. These health tests give a complete report on your health, allowing you to take necessary precautions to improve your health and ward off many illnesses.
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