World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day - October 19
Wed, Oct 19, 2022

World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day

The annual World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day raises awareness of how musculoskeletal disorders affect children’s health. In recent years, such diseases in adolescents have become increasingly common. The most common among these are osteoporosis, tendinitis, fractures, muscular dystrophy, rheumatoid arthritis, and hip dysplasia.

History

The founder of World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day is the Specialized Pediatric Group, at the initiative of which the holiday was first celebrated on October 19, 2012. This day is part of the Bone and Joint Action Week, during which the US Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) program is implemented. The goal of USBJI is to prevent diseases associated with the musculoskeletal system and improve the lives of people who have already been diagnosed with such diseases.

In the US, about 19 million children are treated each year for bone and joint problems. Most often, the first symptoms are back and knee pain, due to which the child misses school. Causes of these diseases include vitamin D deficiency, injury, poor posture, obesity, and car accidents.

Interesting facts

  • in 1903, R. Osgood and K. Schlatter described the same disease, which was given the name of these two scientists: Osgood-Schlater disease is the most common cause of knee pain in children;
  • in the 1970s, the first knee replacement surgery was performed;
  • According to a USBJI report, 2016 million Americans suffer from musculoskeletal disorders in 126.

How to celebrate

On the occasion of the holiday, you need to talk as much as possible about diseases of the bones and joints, as well as how they can be prevented. It can be especially difficult to talk with children, because due to their age they are not able to understand the gravity of the situation. In children and adolescents, prevention of diseases of the musculoskeletal system can be started with your own example: you should go in for sports, include fresh vegetables and fruits in the diet, a sufficient amount of protein and vitamins. Healthy weight loss and the rejection of bad habits will help protect the body from disease.

When is World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day celebrated in 2022?

World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day is observed on October 19 each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday October 19 2022
Thursday October 19 2023
Saturday October 19 2024
Sunday October 19 2025
Monday October 19 2026

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