Six hundred million people will be affected by osteoarthritis worldwide in 2050! Every day, these people suffer from pain at motion and are limited in their daily activities. Their joints are deformed, crack and move with difficulty.
Unfortunately, the number of affected people will continue to increase during the next decade because of several factors like population growth, ageing due to increased life expectancy, increased obesity prevalence and lack of treatment able to stop the progression of the disease. Therefore, we can anticipate that in industrialized countries, the social and economic burden of osteoarthritis will rise rapidly. For all these reasons, osteoarthritis is considered as a public health problem and should be a research priority.
It is urgent to accelerate the development of new therapies with less adverse effect, with a better efficacy on symptoms and with an action on the disease progression. Another urgent need is prevention! By reducing weight in overweight patients, by changing eating habits, by preventing joint trauma, or by better treatment of co-morbidities, it is possible to prevent osteoarthritis incidence and progression. Osteoarthritic patients need to listen, to be heard and to be defended. It is for them, their relatives and health professionals that the Osteoarthritis Foundation organized the World
Osteoarthritis Day Intergenerational Events (WODIES), a unique event fully dedicated to osteoarthritis. This edition of our event is located in Brussels, as it offers a convenient and pleasant setting for popular events.
We look forward to meeting you on September 14-15 2019 and we will make this event all the more memorable.