A new arthritis survey conducted by the number one arthritis charity in the UK, Arthritis Care, claims that over the next two decades the amount of people suffering from arthritis in the UK will double if people do not gain a better understanding of the disease.
The charity believes that one of the main reasons for this large growth estimate is the fact that most people are not aware of what arthritis really is, and that they believe it is a normal part of aging and thus do not take action to prevent it from developing or progressing during its early stages.
In a report that was commissioned over the last few months by Arthritis Care it was found that over 66% of those who suffer from arthritis are in daily pain and an additional one out of every eight questioned stated that the pain they suffer is often ‘unbearable.’ At the moment there is no real cure for arthritis and a common course of treatment composes of a mixture of steroids, anti-inflammatory drugs, and painkillers.
Professor of Musculoskeletal Medicine Philip Conaghan stated that the growing rate of obesity in the UK and an aging population in general is going to cause the amount of people suffering from arthritis to quickly grow over the next twenty years.
He added that Britain needs to be prepared for a ‘tsunami of pain’ as a result of an increase in osteoarthritis diagnosed in those who are over the age of fifty. He explained that obesity and older age do not mix well, and that if action is not taken to remedy the situation now while proper measures can be taken then many people will suffer that could have had their condition prevented. Conaghan reinforced that arthritis is not something that is a part of aging, but instead a preventable condition in many places with the right educational tools.