What is arthritis and why does it need support?
Arthritis has been reported to be one of the most prevalent health conditions across the US and Europe, leading to multiple joint disabilities. Arthritis is a condition which is associated with pain and inflammation of the joints. The condition affects the whole joint including the surfaces of the bones in those joints and the surrounding connective tissues.
Arthritis is now the biggest contributor to physical disability across the world, with an estimate of nine million people being affect with a form of arthritis here in the UK and over 60 million in the US. 1 in 5 people will be affected in their lifetime and 1 in 3 people are now not physically active because of it. The condition is invisible and as such, people suffering with it don’t get the help or support needed despite 33% of sufferers reporting severe joint pain.
It is usually the elderly that are the most thought of when it comes to arthritis, however, roughly 30,000 people under the age of 25 in the UK suffer from arthritis, of which half of these are children. When linked with the fact that our expected living age is on the rise, people will be expected to live with the condition for much longer. Currently arthritic wear has no direct cure and experts predict numbers will increase by a further 49% by 2040.
With this, charities and organisations are trying to further the public’s awareness of arthritis and educate people about its general presentation and its more specific types. Twice a year as monthly awareness campaigns, the condition is supported and discussed globally. Here in the UK and Europe, arthritis awareness is usually supported through the month of October, however, this month we still support the US campaign, with events and support being shown throughout the UK too.
The focus of such awareness months is to educate and inform people about arthritis, how it presents through difference forms, how it affects people’s lives from how it limits mobility, to how it affects mental health and help build support networks across multiple platforms.