World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day – October 19, 2019

Sat Oct 19

World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day is set for October 19. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, more than 126 million Americans are impacted by musculoskeletal conditions. Many of these cases are brought on by obesity developed during childhood. World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day highlights obesity, screening, and prevention. The day also looks at symptoms, treatment and economic impact.

World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day - History

2016

A new U.S. report highlighted the problem

​The report from the United States Bone and Joint Initiative estimated 126.6 million Americans are impacted by a musculoskeletal condition.

​2016

Studies show it is impacting workers worldwide

​​The Global Burden of Disease listed musculoskeletal conditions as the second highest contributor to global disability, behind lower back pain.

2012

First Pediatric Bone and Joint Day

​The first World PB&J Day focused on vitamin D deficiencies.

How to Observe World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day

  1. Reach out to people

    Don't feel like you need to give them advice, but at least offer them some resources that are available.

  2. Spread the word

    The Bone and Joint Initiative has printable posters on their website. Print a few out and spread them around your child's school, a neighborhood store, or community center. The two kinds of posters explain the basics of bone and joint health in both English and Spanish.

  3. Get social

    There are all kinds of online resources for families dealing with pediatric bone and joint problems. Help get those resources to the people that need them.

​4 Tips To Protect Your Bones And Joints

  1. ​Exercise if you are able

    Staying active and stretching will help your bones and joints stay strong and loose.​ Building muscle will support them.

  2. ​​Eat a healthy diet

    This includes fresh fruits and vegetables, protein, and other nutritious vitamins is essential to creating strong bones and joints.

  3. ​Watch your weight

    ​Keeping weight off puts less pressure on your bones and joints, which in turn keeps them healthy.

  4. Know your limits

    Overdoing it can be costly. Make sure you are staying aware of your body and addressing any aches and pains.

Why World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day is Important

  1. We have much to learn

    Children around the world experience bone and joint problems. This day strives to help those with and without them learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments.

  2. It pushes prevention

    Childhood obesity is a big contributor to bone and joint problems both as a child and later in life. Understanding the long-term consequences and learning techniques to lose weight contribute to preventing problems in the first place.

  3. It highlights other issues

    Obesity also causes many other health problems, like diabetes and heart disease.