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National Arthritis Week Preview

IMG 3647 598 x 600Arthritis affects around 10 million people in the UK each year. It causes pain and severely limits the activity of those that suffer from it. Arthritis can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or race and can affect any of the joints in the body. The most common forms occur in the knee, hip, neck, back, big toe and hand. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most prevalent type of arthritis, this is caused by damage to bones where they meet to form a joint. In healthy joints there is a protective layer of cartilage that covers the bone. This can be worn away over time from years of pressure through the joint, or sometimes as a result of injury such as ligament damage in the knee. OA usually occurs at weight bearing joints such as the knee and hip, and often in people over 40 and those who are overweight. The pain suffered can prevent full mobility, limiting exercise and leading to other issues such as weight gain and respiratory problems. In addition to this, the major lifestyle change that arthritis causes can create psychological issues, in a recent study 96% of arthritis suffers said they would use psychological support services.

Arthritis Research UK (ARUK) are the largest funder of research into the cause, treatment and cure of all forms of arthritis. Its goal is 'to take the pain away for people living with all forms of the disease, and to help them remain active, doing the things they love.' Founded in 1936, Arthritis Research UK have provided the funding for many of the projects and research centres which have dramatically changed the way arthritis is treated.

Following World Arthritis Day on October 12th ARUK will be hosting National Arthritis Week. This year's theme is Pain and will be accompanied by a pain questionnaire, looking to get first-hand information on the levels of pain people have to live with. Last year's theme was about making a 'Joint Effort' and some of the highlights included a 970 mile cycle from Dover to Cape Wrath and various collections and events around the country. The survey conducted last year gave valuable information on how arthritis affects everyday life. You can see some of the key findings online here. During National Arthritis Week there will be many local fundraisers and events hoping to raise awareness of arthritis in the UK. At the Össur UK office we will be embarking on our own challenge in an effort to support the cause. Two static bikes have been set up in the office and starting on Monday 13th October the Össur UK staff will cycle the distance from our UK office to head office in Reykjavik. This is 1018 miles and will take a combined effort from all the team to complete. We are hoping to raise money for Arthritis Research UK and all donations are welcome at https://www.justgiving.com/OssurUK/

All of us will know someone who suffers with arthritis and fully understand the effects it has on a person's physical and mental wellbeing. Please join Arthritis Research UK and Össur in raising awareness of National Arthritis Week beginning on October 12th.

For more information on osteoarthritis please visit Össur's OA solutions page here.