encourage patients to be more proactive in arthritis care
Lewisham it is estimated that there are over 7,000 people living with severe
knee and hip arthritis aged 45 years or over. GPs in Lewisham are supporting Arthritis Week to encourage
people with arthritis to play a more active role in managing the painful joint
condition with greater emphasis on diet and exercise.
is the most common musculoskeletal condition in older people. It can
develop in any joint in the body and when it affects the knee or hip, mobility
can be affected leading to disability. NHS Lewisham CCG helps
tackle the problem through funding musculoskeletal services.
Arthritis Week (October 12-19) is highlighting the problem and says one-in-four
people live with the condition in the UK,
managing their condition with a combination of pain killers and anti-rheumatic
exercise is recommended with fried and processed foods, sugar, dairy products
and alcohol ideally off the menu or reduced.
Marc Rowland, Chair of NHS Lewisham CCG said: “It can be a painful and even
crippling condition but drugs shouldn’t be the only option because lifestyle
changes can have a very positive
impact and drugs can have side effects.
“Some people are just fatalistic and just accept
it as part of the ageing process but there are enough sprightly over 40s out
there to show otherwise.
are so many conditions that can be avoided or noticeably improved by lifestyle
changes, and arthritis is one of them”
is the single biggest cause of pain and disability in the UK with
musculoskeletal conditions collectively costing the NHS around 10 billion a
details of your local arthritis support group Patient Support Groups
British Sjogren's Syndrome Association (BSSA)
Fibromyalgia Association UK
Hypermobility Syndrome Association (HMSA)
National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS)
National Osteoporosis Society (NOS)
National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS)