TO mark the UK’s first ever National Arthritis Week, October 8-14, a national survey from Arthritis Research UK has revealed nearly a quarter of the population of Great Britain admit they have a poor understanding of the disease which is the biggest cause of pain and disability in the UK.
10 million people in the UK, including over 15,000 children, are affected by arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, yet 64 per cent of people in Scotland are unaware that children under 10 can be affected. While 82 per cent of people in Scotland consider arthritis a serious condition, 36 per cent believe that it means ‘aches and pains when you get old’. In fact, the term ‘arthritis’ is used to describe around 200 conditions affecting the bones, joints and muscles, some of which can also cause the immune system to attack internal organs.
One in six people in the UK are affected by arthritis, and all ages can be affected. It is particularly concerning that 22 per cent of people in Scotland believe nothing much can be done to treat arthritis and that people affected just have to live with it. Early diagnosis and treatment can make a huge difference.
Arthritis Research UK