Joint disease is a major cause of disability in the UK, affecting people of all ages, particularly the elderly. Currently, 29% of adults report being affected by arthritis or joint pain, which translates to over 13 million people across the UK.1 The prevalence of joint disease is higher amongst women, those aged over 55 and those from less affluent populations.1 Most sufferers of joint disease describe their condition in terms of 'joint pain' or 'back pain', with fewer reporting having a specific arthritic condition. In fact, it can sometimes be difficult to determine where joint pain ends and arthritis begins. The term arthritis and related conditions can be used to cover a myriad of over 200 different complaints, of which the most common are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, gout and ankylosing spondylitis.1
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Thank you for deciding to learn more about the disorder, Osteoarthritis. Inside these pages, you will learn what it is, who is most at risk for developing it, what causes it, and some treatment plans to help those that do have it feel better. While there is no definitive “cure” for Osteoarthritis, there are ways in which individuals can improve their quality of life and change the discomfort level to one that can be tolerated on a daily basis.