The right kind of work is good for you, and not just financially, it can also provide a sense of purpose, identity, achievement and a supportive social network.
It's much more difficult getting back into work if you're unemployed, and being unemployed has been proven to be bad for people's emotional and physical health and wellbeing.
If you have arthritis or joint pain, your condition may pose some challenges which could make your working life harder. However, work is certainly feasible for most people with arthritis or a related condition.
You have options and rights, and it's important to understand and explore fully what they are, so that you get the right support you are entitled to, which can help you do your job to the best of your ability and help you manage your condition.
We've worked closely with people with arthritis and related conditions, as well as leading healthcare professionals to put together the information in these pages. We hope that this advice can help you to not only survive in the workplace, but to thrive in your career.
How can I get the right support at work?
If you have arthritis or a related condition you're entitled to support which can greatly help you stay in work and do your job to the best of your ability. This support will also, importantly, help you manage your condition. Read more
What can I do to help myself at work?
As well as the support that you can get from other people, there's a lot that you can do to help yourself at work when you have arthritis, including keeping a good posture, planning and pacing your work and staying active. Read more
What do I need to think about if I have a physically demanding job?
If you have a job in which you're required to do physical tasks, they could put strain on your joints, especially if you don't do them properly or if they're too difficult for you. Doing tasks correctly, and taking regular rest breaks will reduce the strain. Read more
Driving and commuting
If you drive as part of your job, this can pose a risk to the health of your joints as you could be sat in one position for a considerable amount of time. Steps you can take to reduce the risks to your health include taking breaks and having good posture. Read more
Should I keep working?
The time will come for all of us when we eventually decide to finish paid employment. If you happen to have arthritis or a related condition, this doesn't have to determine when this happens, or make it any earlier than you'd otherwise have liked. Planning for retirement is a great idea for anyone approaching what is a huge life event. Read more
Research and new developments
The Arthritis Research UK-MRC Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work, based at the University of Southampton, is carrying out world-leading research to help people with arthritis and related conditions stay in work and have successful careers. Read more