World Pediatric Bone & Joint Day


World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day – October 19

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Kids and teens suffering from obesity are at much higher risk of developing bone and joint problems. That’s why the 2017 World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day theme is “Kids, Bones, Joints & Obesity – Tips for Parents and Patients, and Primary Care Providers.” Health care providers, parents and patients should look for pain in the back or hips, bowed legs or knock knees. Identifying these issues early allows for better treatment and may prevent lifelong problems that can interfere with comfort and the ability to lead an active life.

Downloadable posters featuring helping tips and information are available for parents, children and primary care providers at

For more information on how childhood obesity impacts bone and joint health, read our recent blog on the subject and consider these alarming statistics:

  • Over the past three decades, the prevalence of children in the U.S. who are obese has doubled, while the number of adolescents who are obese has tripled
  • Approximately 32% of American children and adolescents, ages 2 to 19, are considered overweight or obese
  • About one in eight preschoolers (ages 2 to 5) in the U.S. are obese

Content revised from the Bone and Joint Initiative USA (


Bone and Joint Action Week is an annual event focused on issues including arthritis, back pain, pediatric conditions, osteoporosis and trauma. The week is designed to raise awareness worldwide about prevention, disease management and treatment of these disorders, and it’s a big undertaking. Consider that: 

  • According to The Burden of Musculoskeletal Conditions in the United States, more than half the American population over the age of 18 – that’s 54% – are affected by musculoskeletal (bone and joint) conditions
  • Bone and joint conditions are the most common cause of severe long-term pain and physical disability worldwide, affecting hundreds of millions of people
  • Unless new treatments and preventive measures are found, the global prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions is predicted to increase greatly due to increasing life expectancy and changes in risk factors.
  • Musculoskeletal conditions can lead to significant disability plus diminished productivity and quality of life.
  • Treatment and lost wage costs associated with musculoskeletal diseases in the U.S. alone was estimated at $874 billion in 2009 to 2011

Read on for details on some of the most common issues, and learn how you can make a difference during Bone and Joint Action Week.