World Physical Therapy Day: World Physical Therapy (PT) Day is observed globally every year on September 8 to raise awareness about the contribution of physiotherapists in healthcare and encourage people to be physically active and ensure good health. Every year a different theme is followed to generate awareness of the topic and this year, and this year, the theme of Osteoarthritis will be followed. Last year this day’s focus was on the theme of ‘Rehabilitation and Long COVID’. The day was first observed in the year 1996 on 8 September.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Arthritis is a term used for conditions that affect the joints, tissues around the joint, and other connective tissues.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Some call it “wear and tear” arthritis which most frequently occurs in the hands, knees, and hips.
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World PT Day History and Significance
The day was founded in the year 1951 and marks the solidarity of physiotherapists across the world who work to cure a range of issues from minor ergonomic (related to posture) ailments to major issues such as chronic joint pain and trauma from injury.
Joint pains become common with age and often people turn to physiotherapy in order to be able to carry out day-to-day work. Regular physical therapy ensures the flexibility of the body and it is able to function to its full ability.