Did you know there are more than 100 types of arthritis? Organizations around the world are spreading this and other facts about this common but under-recognized disease. Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in America and is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide — so it only makes sense that it has its own holiday.

But World Arthritis Day is not simply a day of celebration: it’s a day to spread awareness. It’s meant to put a face on the hundreds of millions of people who live with one of the more than 100 forms of arthritis, rheumatic, and musculoskeletal diseases that fall under the umbrella term “arthritis.” World Arthritis Day gives patients, doctors, and advocates a chance to educate the public and spread the word about arthritis in all its forms.

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