About Arthritis and Other MSK Conditions
Arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions affect one in 5 people in the UK, causing pain and disability.
They can strike at any age, from infancy onwards. They cost society billions each year in health and social costs, lost employment, benefits; and they cost many individuals their independence and quality of life. There are many myths about these conditions, but the most damaging of all is the myth that nothing can be done.
Something can always be done, be it providing details of a local support group, or designing a service which means that people see the right specialist at the right time.
- 15 million people in England have an LTC (Long Term Condition)
- 10 million people living with MSK conditions including arthritis in the UK
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common types but our researchers study over 200 different arthritic conditions, including disorders of joints, bones and muscles like back pain and autoimmune diseases such as lupus
- Arthritis affects approximately 10 million people in the UK
- 20% of the general population consults a GP about a musculoskeletal problem each year
- More than a 3rd of the population aged over 50 have musculoskeletal pain that interferes with their normal activities
- Arthritis is more common in women than men
- 1 in 10 people aged 15-24 seeking a GP consultation each year have a musculoskeletal problem
- Treating musculoskeletal conditions costs the NHS over £5 Billion per year
- Up to 7.6 million working days are lost every year due to musculoskeletal conditions
- More than 2,500 children develop juvenile arthritis each year and over 15,000 are in pain due to arthritis
Arthritis Research UK, Annual Review 2011-12