Bone and Joint Health National Awareness week is an annual global event held from October 12 through 20. The activities of this event include attention to disorders such as arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis and trauma.
According to the Bone and Joint Initiative, approximately 48 percent of Americans over the age of 18 suffer from a musculoskeletal condition, which are the most common cause of severe long-term pain and physical disability.
More than 24 million women in the U.S. suffer from osteoporosis, a disease that causes the bones to become fragile and break. Individuals often experience a progression of the disease without any symptoms or pain and don't know they have it until they break a bone.
The most common fractures in individuals with osteoporosis are in the hips, spine and wrists. It's important to seek medical attention for breaks as spinal and hip fractures can have serious consequences and lead to additional health problems.
Osteoarthritis is a disease that leads to the deterioration and inflammation of the joints. There are around 40 million Americans with as many as 100 different types of arthritis. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and affects around 20 million people.
If you have osteoarthritis or osteoporosis, you may find that you can benefit from senior care services.