Who gets arthritis?

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Arthritis and other types of musculoskeletal pain are common, worldwide problems. They can affect you regardless of your age, sex,  race or job. Millions of people in the UK alone experience some form of muscle or joint pain during the course of a year, although many won’t have persistent or severe symptoms.

  • Around 10 million people will seek help from their family doctor each year with arthritis or related conditions.
  • Of these, it's estimated that around 8 million will have osteoarthritis, and more than 400,000 will have rheumatoid arthritis.
  • About 15,000 children and adolescents will suffer from juvenile forms of arthritis.
  • Around 250,000 people will have gout.
  • About 10,000 people have lupus (SLE)
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Data and statistics

Read statistics about how common musculoskeletal conditions are, and their burden on UK general practice.