Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has today joined calls from leading charities for more action to be taken to help people suffering with osteoarthritis as new figures show that recorded instances of the condition have risen in recent years.

Arthritis describes a range of different conditions, including osteoarthritis and autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. It can affect bones, muscles and joints all over the body, causing pain and fatigue, and impacting hugely on day-to-day life. Whilst there is no cure at the moment, there are many different treatments, therapies and exercises that can help people with arthritis lead fuller lives.

At the end of 2017, Arthritis Research UK and Arthritis Care joined together to better help people with conditions such as osteoarthritis live a full and active life. Unmet needs for people with various forms of arthritis is substantial with close to 10 million people in the UK currently living with the condition.

Arthritis Research UK worked with the Local Government Association to make a detailed analysis of how rates of arthritis and osteoarthritis vary across the country. For Denton and Reddish they estimated that 3,920 individuals aged 45 and over had osteoarthritis of the hip (11.7% higher than the North West average) and 6,756 people aged 45 and over had osteoarthritis of the knee (20.3% higher than the North West average).[1]

To find out more please visit: arthritisreserachuk.org or contact 0300 790 0400

Andrew Gwynne said:

“I was surprised to see that the Denton and Reddish constituency had higher rates of osteoarthritis compared to other parts of the North West.

 

“If you have osteoarthritis, there is a lot you can do to make daily living easier. Arthritis Research UK, as well as other amazing charities and organisations, offer lots of support and guidance for people living with the condition and I’d ask anyone living with any form of arthritis to get in touch with them to find out more.” 

[1] Lginform.local.gov.uk

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