World Spine Day is a part of the Bone and Joint Decade Action Week which occurs each year in October. The 16th of October is the day dedicated as World Spine Day.
The Aim of World Spine Day is to:
1) Raise awareness about spinal health and spine disorders within the interdisciplinary health care community and amongst public policy decision-makers and the general public.
2) To provide an opportunity for and encourage ongoing discussion about the burden of spinal disorders.
3) To promote an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to easing the burden of spinal disorders.
History of WSD Until 2012
World Spine Day was not as centrally coordinated and for this reason World Spine Day has traditionally received less attention. We would like to change that. Starting in 2012, we have been working on the development of a profile for World Spine Day in collaboration with organizations around the world. October 2012 marked the first official launch of World Spine Day and people around the world joined together to raise awareness for the prevention and effective management of spinal conditions.
WSD Theme 2016 “Straighten Up and Move”
The theme “Straighten Up and Move” was introduced in 2012 and emphasized the importance of healthy spinal posture and activity which promote body awareness and minimizes the dayto-day wear and tear on a person's spine. The theme of posture and movement supports the BJD’s Vision of “Keep People Moving”. The intent of WSD is to bring people from all walks of life - patients, health providers, health care organizations, associations and governments to help ease this global burden. In order to gain momentum and effectively do this, we need to work collaboratively together in the prevention and management of these types of disorders.