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New campaign tackles arthritis myths

8 October 2012 - 4:22pm

Many people have a poor understanding of what arthritis is, according to the results of a survey released today to mark the start of National Arthritis Week.

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Pictured above: Dr Nicola Walsh - Arthritis Research research fellow

The study, commissioned by Arthritis Research UK, reveals that almost half of the UK public believe that arthritis simply means ‘aches and pains when you get old’ and 68 per cent don’t know that children under the age of ten can be affected.

National Arthritis Week takes place from 8–14 October and aims to educate the public and tackle popular myths about the condition, including the common misconception that people with arthritis should avoid exercise.

The initiative hopes to highlight the importance of regular exercise for healthy joints, raise awareness of the impact and prevalence of arthritis and draw attention to the treatments and self-help management options available.

Commenting on how physiotherapy can benefit people with arthritis CSP campaigns and communications director Lynne Stockbridge said:

‘There is strong evidence that physical activity can help to manage some of the symptoms of arthritis. Physiotherapy staff can provide advice and education on exercise for arthritis, pain relief and self management strategies.’

Community exercise classes

To coincide with the campaign Arthritis Research UK has produced a video to highlight the work of Dr Nicola Walsh, an Arthritis Research research fellow and senior lecturer in physiotherapy at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Dr Walsh talks about the importance of exercise to reduce joint pain and her work towards providing appropriate education resources for exercise professionals and practitioners.

The film follows patients at a community exercise class held at Devizes Community Hospital in Wiltshire which are funded by the CSP Charitable Trust.

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