WORLD PEDIATRIC BONE AND JOINT DAY
World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day on October 19th of each year spreads awareness about the impact of musculoskeletal conditions in children. Also referred to as World PB&J Day, this day also educates health care providers and the public.
Musculoskeletal disorders are any type of disease that affects the joints, ligaments, nerves, muscles, and bones. Musculoskeletal conditions in children and teenagers are becoming more common. Some examples of this type of condition include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
- Bone fractures
- Developmental dysplasia of the hip
- Muscular dystrophy
All of these disorders affect function and mobility. Some of the most common causes of musculoskeletal disorders in children include car accidents, playground accidents, and sports injuries. Other contributing factors to musculoskeletal disorders are obesity, poor posture, and Vitamin D deficiency.
In the United States, about 19 million children a year receive medical treatment for a musculoskeletal-related condition. When a child has a musculoskeletal disorder, they may miss school due to joint or back pain. In the U.S. alone, children across the country missed 149 million school days in one year. This number makes musculoskeletal disorders the 2nd most common reason for missing school. The first reason is respiratory infections.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldPediatricBoneAndJointDay
Events for World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day include educational seminars, conferences, and fundraisers. All of these events are geared toward spreading awareness about the impact of pediatric musculoskeletal disorders.
The observance is the perfect day to get your children screened for musculoskeletal conditions. Schedule your child for a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, or DXA. This test measures their bone density. Knowing this will help you determine if your child is at risk for bone fractures. Educate yourself on the different pediatric bone and joint disorders. Make sure your child eats healthy, gets enough calcium and vitamin D, and wears protective gear when playing sports. These things will help prevent musculoskeletal disorders.
You can spread awareness on social media with #WorldPediatricBoneAndJointDay or #WorldPBJDay
WORLD PEDIATRIC BONE AND JOINT DAY HISTORY
The Pediatric Specialty Group established the first World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day on October 19th, 2012. The day is held in conjunction with Bone and Joint Action Week. The Pediatric Specialty Group is a program of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI). The USBJI seeks to improve the prevention of bone and joint disorders. Their goal is to improve the quality of life for those affected by bone and joint disorders. They do this by finding reliable information, doing research, and spreading awareness.
Past themes for World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day have included:
2019 – Children get arthritis too!
2017 – Kids, Bones, Joints, & Obesity – Tips for Parents and Patients, and Primary Care Providers
2015 – Childhood and Adolescent ACL Injuries
2012 – Kids and Vitamin D Deficiency