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s a private practice devoted entirely to orthopaedics, Bone and Joint Action Week is a
natural fit with OAA Orthopaedic Specialists in Bethlehem. Bone and Joint Action Week
is an annual event that is observed every October 12-20 all over the world. The intent is to
educate and raise awareness about not only the importance of musculoskeletal health, but
also effective ways to prevent and manage conditions and injuries that affect our bones and joints.

Over the course of Bone and Joint Action Week, there are dedicated days to highlight specific
musculoskeletal and rheumatic conditions:

october 12th | world arthritis day
It is estimated that 70 million people in the United States have some form of arthritis. A
common misconception is that all arthritis is the same. In reality, there are many different types
of arthritis that can have unique causes and symptoms. Some less common types of arthritis
include psoriatic, crystalline, and post traumatic arthritis. The most common forms of arthritis are
rheumatoid arthritis, and the one we often automatically associate with the disease, osteoarthritis.

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Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that attacks the lining of the joints.
As a result, this can cause swelling, throbbing, joint erosion, and bone deformity. Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, is often referred to as degenerative joint disease or wear and tear
arthritis. This form of arthritis occurs when the cartilage or cushion between joints breaks
down leading to stiffness, swelling, and pain. When asked about osteoarthritis, Dr. Kevin
Anbari shared what he experiences as a dedicated joint replacement surgeon: "Osteoarthritis
is by far the most common form of arthritis. In my practice, I am seeing it more often because of the aging of the population, prior sports injuries, and higher rates of obesity among
patients. Thankfully there are treatments that can help with the symptoms of arthritis. For
many patients, knee and hip replacement can significantly improve a patient's quality of life."
Learn more about World Arthritis Day:

october 16th | world spine day
World Spine Day is observed annually on October 16th to raise awareness about spinal
disorders and other conditions specific to the spine. Back pain is extremely common; so much so
that 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Furthermore,
next to the common cold, back pain is the second most common reason for a visit to the doctor.
This year's theme of World Spine Day is "Your Back in Action" and the goal is to highlight
the importance of physical activity and proper posture to practice good spinal health and help
prevent injury. Among other injuries and conditions, back pain can be associated with disc
degeneration, nerve compressions, or spinal deformities. Despite the causes of the symptoms,
all back pain has the potential to impact one's quality of life and be debilitating.
"Most back pain is related to degenerative conditions of the spine. Thankfully, these conditions
are not serious and typically can be managed without surgery. The key to treatment is prevention;
exercising regularly, weight control, avoiding smoking, and proper posture while sitting and
lifting can all help prevent back pain. "Additionally, treatment with appropriate exercise based
on "directional preference" are often very effective in managing episodes and flare-ups of back
pain," Dr. McConnell of OAA's Spine Center of Excellence, shared. Learn more about World
Spine Day:

october 17th | world trauma day
World Trauma Day is more popular in developing countries where an astounding 50%
of road deaths could have been prevented with effective intervention after a traumatic injury
or automobile accident has occurred. In those countries, the World Health Organization
emphasizes three measures:

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