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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