World Arthritis Day - October 12
Wed, Oct 12, 2022

World Arthritis Day

World Arthritis Day is celebrated on October 12 every year. The holiday exists to raise awareness among people around the world about what arthritis is, what forms it can present in, and how to prevent it from occurring. Of great importance in the treatment of patients with this disease is its early diagnosis, due to which it is possible to provide timely treatment with appropriate methods.


The founder of World Arthritis Day is the Arthritis Foundation. As you know, arthritis literally means inflammation of the joints, it can hurt all animals that have bones. For the first time, William Musgrave took up a thorough study of arthritis, and he classified his knowledge in the book On the Symptoms of Arthritis, published in 1715.

Today it is known that osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis cannot be cured, however, reducing their manifestation helps getting rid of excess weight and systematic exercise. It is generally accepted that arthritis is a disease exclusively of old people, but more and more people at a relatively young age are affected in recent years. So, about 30% of patients are people under 65 years old, arthritis appears even in adolescence and childhood.

Interesting facts

On the occasion of the holiday, it is important to mention important facts related to this disease:

  • around 4500 BC, the first mention of arthritis appeared;
  • in 1591, the first official documentary evidence of a patient with arthritis was dated, which was made by the French physician Guillaume de Baillou – he used the old term “rheumatism” to describe the disease;
  • The most common causes of arthritis are injuries, abnormal metabolism, genetic predisposition, infections, and problems with the immune system.

How to celebrate

It is good to turn the celebration of World Arthritis Day into filling your own gaps in knowledge about what are the first symptoms of arthritis. If any symptom already knows a place in your life, then, regardless of age, you should seek the advice of your doctor. Also on this day, you need to support people who have already been diagnosed with arthritis, and even join them in joint sports. For example, walking will help reduce the manifestations of arthritis, and besides, it will be a good prevention of its occurrence.

When is World Arthritis Day celebrated in 2022?

World Arthritis Day is observed on October 12 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday October 12 2022
Thursday October 12 2023
Saturday October 12 2024
Sunday October 12 2025
Monday October 12 2026

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