World Arthritis Day (WAD) was established in 1996 by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI) and is a global initiative bringing people together to raise awareness of issues affecting people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease (RMDs). WAD is celebrated every year on October 12th and is supported by a year-round global campaign.
The aims of WAD, set by EULAR, PARE (the Standing Committee of People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe) and the WAD community are: Continue reading
According to a recent review published in the Cochrane Library, topical treatments (gels, creams, sprays) are effective in providing pain relief for acute musculoskeletal pain in adults. The review was conducted by a team of Cochrane authors based in the United Kingdom and the Cochrane Pain, Palliative, and Supportive Care Review Group and based on a review that was initially published in 2010. Continue reading
Arthritis Research UK’s Arthritis Champion campaign had a successful turnout in its second-ever parliamentary reception. The event aimed to raise awareness of the needs of people with arthritis and highlight the challenges to limiting its impact. At the event, twenty-seven MPs (members of parliament) signed up to be Arthritis Champions.
When a MP commits to becoming an Arthritis Champion, they are supporting the Prevent, Transform, Cure – the Arthritis Research UK manifesto. The manifesto calls for decision makers to put in place policies that will lead to the prevention and cure of musculoskeletal conditions while transforming the service provided to those that live with them.
According to the website, the manifesto calls for politicians to take action by: Continue reading