Support Us With World Arthritis Day 12th October 2016

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World Arthritis Day 2016

World Arthritis Day this year focuses on the 10 million people in the UK who have arthritis.

So this year our focus for World Arthritis Day is rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs):

  • Common non-inflammatory RMDs consist of degenerative spine diseases, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and fibromyalgia.
  • Common inflammatory RMDs consist of rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis, connective tissue diseases and polymyalgia rheumatica.


Facts and Figures

Causes, symptoms and diagnosis
In some cases, RMDs can be hereditary, however a family history of RMDs does not mean you will inevitably get an RMD.

However, RMDs can also be triggered by lifestyle factors such as smoking, excessive weight, sedentary lifestyles, increasing age and having occupations that lead to injury and overuse of joints/muscles, however in some cases the causes are unknown.

Symptoms may include:

  • Inflammation indicated by joint swelling, stiffness, redness, and/or warmth
  • Persistent muscle and joint pain
  • Tenderness
  • Extreme fatigue, lack of energy, weakness, or a feeling of malaise
  • Stiffness and restricted range in movement or flexibility
  • Joint deformity
  • Symptoms affecting the internal organs
  • Invisible symptoms e.g. depression and anxiety


What can you do about arthritis?

Know the symptoms and talk to your healthcare professional, this is the first step in managing any disease.

Local charities such as Arthritis Care acts on behalf of people with arthritis in Northern Ireland. They provide them, their families and friends with support, understanding, information and expertise so that they can cope with the impact of the condition and get the most out of life.

Call them on 028 9078 2940 for advice and information about your condition.

Further Information

We hope to see you soon at Physiotherapy Bangor.

Call 0777 9363613 or click here to request an appointment

Visit us for a consultation where you will have a full assessment, treatment and advice to develop a plan for self-management of this painful condition.

Kate Hayes

Author: Kate Hayes

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