International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis
525 Clara Avenue, Suite 101
St. Louis, MO 63112
Contact: Tiffany Westrich-Robertson
World AUTOimmune/AUTOinflammatory Arthritis Day is an online awareness event in the form of a virtual car race - which plays on the "auto" in AUTOimmune and AUTOinflammatory. It is becoming more appropriate to differentiate inflammatory arthritis in this way because research has shown that there is some level of inflammation involved in Osteoarthritis and it's also associated with gout. Too big of an umbrella = far too much misunderstanding. The event reached 1,000's of patients and supporters in 62 countries around the world, but the awareness doesn't stop with the end of this event.
According to the US Arthritis Foundation "With autoimmune and inflammatory types of arthritis, early diagnosis and aggressive treatment is critical. Slowing disease activity can help minimize or even prevent permanent joint damage." The American College of Rheumatology & EULAR - European League Against Rheumatism agree, which is why they both work hard to keep our treatment guidelines up to date. All progression of these diseases is permanent and irreversible - so early intervention is necessary, not only to avoid unnecessary damage and disability, but to avoid overburdening an already exhausted healthcare system (regardless of country) that long term disability healthcare costs would add to the problems.