World Trauma Day – Bone and Joint Action Week


World Trauma Day – October 17

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Bone and joint trauma can have many causes, including motor vehicle crashes, falls, sports injuries and more. Some are more moderate, some are more severe – even ending in death. In fact, injury is responsible for more than 5 million deaths per year worldwide. In the United States, injury is a major public health problem accounting for more than 150,000 deaths and 3 million non-fatal injuries per year. Other U.S. statistics include:

  • Trauma is the leading cause of death for individuals up to the age of 45 years (Table of Causes of Death)
  • Trauma is the fourth-leading cause of death overall for all ages
  • There were 43,443 deaths and 2.7 million injuries from motor vehicle crashes in the US in 2005; Traffic Safety Facts, 2005 from the NHTSA

Learning more about the causes of injury, and implementing appropriate injury-prevention strategies, can significantly reduce these numbers. Fortunately, many of these strategies – such as using seat belts and helmets – are well established, easily available and relatively inexpensive. Visit for details.

Content revised from the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (

More information on Bone and Joint Action Week


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.