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Arthritis Today Spring 2017Anne in her gardenWelcome to our latest edition of Arthritis Today. Springtime’s longer days and better weather often bring welcome opportunities to get out and about, so in this edition we’re looking at what motivates and helps us to get on the move.

We’re showcasing cutting-edge research dedicated to finding out more about the way we move and its impact on our joints and muscles. These studies aim to translate what we can learn from babies in the womb, footballers on the pitch and runners through the park into improving treatment, information and advice for everyone with arthritis. We know joint replacements play a pivotal role in keeping thousands of you moving and enjoying life every year, so we’re also looking at the latest research designed to improve the outcomes of knee and hip replacements. We’ve also got more campaign news, real stories and lots of practical advice, hints and tips.

We hope you enjoy this edition of Arthritis Today.

The Arthritis Today editorial team

Is running good or bad for your joints? Study searches for a definitive answer

A man running in a city with headphones in

The evidence that exercise can help to reduce the pain and stiffness caused by arthritis is overwhelming. But does running do more harm than good? Our researchers want to find out.

A man doing physiotherapy on his knee using an elasticated band

Could better information and support before and after surgery transform joint replacement results?

Joint replacements improve the quality of life of thousands of people with arthritis each year. Our researchers are helping even more people to experience positive outcomes after surgery.

A Southampton FC footballer during a match

Research into movement in elite sports could help to prevent and treat osteoarthritis

Our research to understand the way athletes move will be used to develop new approaches to treat the pain of osteoarthritis.

Sign saying 'Supporting people with arthritis to work'

Giving people with arthritis a voice to explain why work matters

Thanks to your support, the first stage of our Work Matters to Me campaign has ensured people with arthritis have been given an opportunity to explain to policymakers why work matters to them.

A pregnant woman having an ultrasound scan

Research explores link between a baby’s movement in the womb and increased risk of osteoarthritis

Pioneering technology is being used to explore whether movements in the womb lead to joint abnormalities and an increased risk of osteoarthritis later in life.

A woman scrunching a towel to exercise her hand

Everyday exercises for everyday life

To help encourage people with joint pain to keep moving, we've launched the Everyday exercises for everyday life programme.

Nicki Martin in her dance studio

Ballet has really helped Nicki's arthritis

Thirty-five-year-old Nicki was diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis, related to Crohn’s disease, five years ago. Inspired by her young daughter’s love of dancing, a year ago she took up beginner’s ballet lessons.

Your questions answered

Young family on a sofa relaxing

Dr Tom Margham and Dr Philip Helliwell answer your questions about arthritis.

Hints and tips

Two women in sportswear walking up a hill

Read our top tips from people with arthritis, including new tips on finding comfortable shoes, getting a good night's sleep and keeping active.


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