2016 Global Year Against Pain in the Joints Joint pain affects millions of people who suffer from a wide variety of ailments and conditions. Chronic joint pain can be manageable, but treatment is often inadequate, and patients may continue to suffer. Indeed, medications are sometimes unsafe, making rehabilitation and physical therapy essential. Joint pain also can exact substantial financial and other costs -- high medical expenses, lost work days, and diminished quality and productivity in people’s work and personal lives. Aging populations, sedentary lifestyles, and an increasing propensity toward obesity all mean that the problem of joint pain is likely to continue unabated worldwide. IASP’s 2016 Global Year Against Pain in the Joints campaign will address these issues and concerns in the following ways: Disseminating information on joint pain Connecting pain researchers to health-care professionals who interact with patients Increasing awareness of joint pain among government officials, the news media, the general public, and patient organizations worldwide, and Encouraging government leaders, research institutions, and other individuals and organizations to support research aimed at producing more effective and accessible treatment methods and outcomes for people with joint pain Read a message from IASP President Rolf-Detlef Treede about the Global Year Against Pain in the Joints. Resources For IASP Chapters: Tool Kit for Global Year activities For IASP Members and the Public: Top articles from PAIN on pain in the joints Editions of Pain: Clinical Updates related to pain in the joints Moving on to Movement in Patients with Chronic Joint Pain (2016) Targeting Pain or Osteoarthritis? Implications for Optimal Management of Osteoarthritis Pain (2016) Chronic Pain After Surgery or Injury (2011) Low Back Pain (2010) Bone Cancer Pain (2009) Older People's Pain (2006) Thermomandibular Muscle and Joint Disorders (2004) For News Media: Global Year Launch Press Release Global Year FAQs Fact Sheets on Joint Pain We have prepared 21 Fact Sheets from the world's top experts on various aspects of joint pain. These documents are available in several languages and are free to download. The English-language Fact Sheets appear below: Patients and Joint Pain Assessing Joint Pain Experimentally Joint Biochemical Markers Animal Models of Osteoarthritis Pain Assessing Joint Pain Function in the Clinic Exercise, Sports, and Joint Pain Predispositions and Other Important Factors Alternative Treatment Options for Osteoarthritis Joint Pain in Pet Dogs and Cats Inflammatory Pain--Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Joint Pain Epidemiology Neuropathic Components Osteoarthritis Pain Chronic Pain After Joint Surgery Joint Imaging Joint Neurophysiology and Pathophysiology Visualization of Joint Pain WHO Analgesic Ladder New Treatment Opportunities Joint Pain in Children Patellofemoral Joint Pain Would you like to contribute a Fact Sheet related to a specific anatomical area? Please let us know. How to Participate Sponsor a meeting, symposium, or other event--this checklist can help Tell us about every upcoming Global Year activity you plan to conduct View Global Year events around the world Follow Global Year activities on Facebook and Twitter Send your national health ministry this letter and model proclamation declaring support for the Global Year Distribute this press release and FAQs to news outlets in your country Include the Global Year logo on your website, event flyers, announcements and other materials Add the Global Year auto-signature to email messages you send Post a video to your chapter's website Join IASP! NEW! Attend the Global Year Against Pain in the Joints Satellite Meeting at the World Congress on Pain, September 25. "Is Joint Pain Unique, or Does it Share Common Features with Other Musculoskeletal Pain Conditions?" Translated Fact Sheets The Fact Sheets are currently available in these languages. More will be added soon, so please check back. Chinese Czech Danish English French German Hungarian Japanese Malay Polish Portuguese Russian Serbian Spanish Thai Turkish Is your language missing? Please let us know if you would like to translate the Fact Sheets.