October 12, 2013 is World Arthritis Day. This day, established in 1996 by Arthritis and Rheumatism International, is celebrated annually to raise awareness for the issues affecting people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and osteoarthritis). More than 1 in 5 adults in the United States (52.5 million) have arthritis. Arthritis can have negative effects on a person’s health, especially on day-to-day activities. With the holidays approaching, conditions like arthritis can really take a toll. Walking, climbing stairs, preparing for guests, playing with small children, bending to put things in and take out of the oven can be impactful on all of our joints. For persons with arthritis, they may be limited in their ability to do these things.