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Arthritis Today Spring 2016 Number 169 - The magazine reporting research, treatment and education

A man holding a painful knee

In this edition we're looking at pain. Why? Because more than 1 in 6 people struggle with the pain of arthritis every day.

Pain may be a common symptom experienced by millions, but it's a deeply complex issue.

Why do we feel pain? What is it about arthritis that causes pain? Why can two people have the same amount of deterioration in the joint but feel completely different levels of pain? Our Understanding pain article will help to answer these questions.

Understanding pain – what it is and why we feel it

A man holding the back of his neck

More than 1 in 6 people struggle with the pain of arthritis every day. Pain may be a common symptom experienced by millions, but it's a deeply complex issue.

A man using the Cloudy app on a smartphone

Cloudy with a chance of pain? Researchers need you to find out if pain is linked to the weather

With the help of people with arthritis and a new smartphone app, scientists at the University of Manchester will be able to investigate the age-old theory that there’s a link between the weather and the pain caused by arthritis.

A focus group

People with arthritis given equal say in research funding decisions

A pioneering pilot approach to patient involvement is putting people with arthritis at the heart of decision-making on research funding.

An older man talking on a mobile

Can “talking therapy” prevent chronic pain taking hold?

Scientists at the University of Aberdeen are testing whether “talking therapy” can prevent the onset of chronic widespread pain in people at risk of developing the condition.

Dr Fiona Watt

Research makes advances to treat osteoarthritis pain

We asked Dr Fiona Watt, consultant rheumatologist, to share some of the latest developments in osteoarthritis research.


Mel changed her lifestyle to help her osteoarthritis symptoms

When Mel was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in her knees and hands, she was determined to stay positive. Eighteen months on she’s fitter than ever and managing her pain through a healthier lifestyle.

Meet the expert – Professor Brigitte Scammell

Brigette Scammel

Professor Brigitte Scammell was the first woman in the UK to become a professor of orthopaedics. She was a founding member of the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre.

Q and A

Dr Tom Margham

Dr Tom Margham answers your questions about arthritis.

Hints and tips

Salmon with peppercorns on a chopping board

Read our latest tips from people with arthritis on managing arthritis through diet and successes with complementary medicines.

For more information, go to or call 0300 790 0400 to order the complete printed booklet.
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