Arthritis is one of the biggest health conditions in the United Kingdom. It currently affects over 10 million people. Research says that almost half of arthritis patients are diagnosed too late, leaving them with limited recovery options. Arthritis UK motivates people around the country to step forward and diagnose early symptoms of arthritis. This is a disease which if not treated properly and with the urgency it deserves, may impact negatively on the physical activities of those it affects.
National Arthritis Week is recognized in the UK from 9 October 2017 to 16 October 2017. Arthritis Research UK is organising this informative week through their ‘Share Your Everyday’ campaign. This campaign is aimed at making arthritis patients and their families stronger, physically and emotionally. This campaign is a tremendous chance to engage with Arthritis Research UK and share yours, your family member’s or your patient’s experiences of living with arthritis. The information shared by individuals is used by three major research projects, working to emphasise the daily struggle of arthritis patients.
As a major care home supplier in the UK, we work with hundreds of care homes up and down the country who have residents experiencing daily issues with arthritis. If you are a carer looking to help your patients and want to get more information about the everyday fight with arthritis – along with ways to ease the pain - Arthritis Research UK has a wealth of resources and is a great community to get involved in. You can also encourage residents to share their experiences via the Share Your Everyday campaign. This forum provides a dedicated space for arthritis patients and their families to tell their story and to learn from others as they share their experiences.
Last year’s campaign saw success as thousands of people wholeheartedly shared their life challenges; their everyday struggle with arthritis attacks and even how something as simple as a change in the weather can affect their bodies. In 2017 the campaign continues to encourage people to take part. Sharing information via this platform is a simple and kind way to help others with arthritis, and reading and sharing the experiences of others can bring comfort to those you know going through something similar such as your patients or to even to yourself.
The campaign also gives free advice about healthy lifestyle, balanced diet, foods to be avoided during treatment, and potential physical activities, based on your rheumatic musculoskeletal disease (RMD). It also shows the process to help to find the best medical care for your condition.
The lessons learnt from Arthritis Week 2016 proves the effectiveness of this campaign, encouraging participants to regain an appreciable degree of mastery over their life. With the active participation of arthritis patients and their families, this forum can continue its good work towards finding treatments, sharing relevant information and providing vital support to every arthritis-affected person today and in the future.
If your patients, your loved ones or you, yourself, are in pain and suffering with arthritis, help to work towards finding a solution by participating in the National Arthritis Survey online at www.nationalarthritisweek.org. Share your useful tips to help research on finding a cure for this big issue. You can read inspirational stories here or send your own to email@example.com
Let’s make a difference together – so get involved today!