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Data on multi-site osteoarthritis

People often develop osteoarthritis in more than one joint of their body. This can be described as multi-site osteoarthritis.

Experiencing pain from several joints at the same time can have a major impact on people’s wellbeing and mobility. People with osteoarthritis of the foot may need to use a walking stick or frame, in turn putting pressure on their hand and wrist joints.

How many people have osteoarthritis in several areas of the body?

In the UK, 1.76 million people have sought treatment for osteoarthritis in two or more sites of the body.* This means:

  • 7% of people aged 45 and over*
  • around 10% of people aged 75 and over.*

Women are more likely to consult about osteoarthritis in multiple joints of the body than men.

Figure 1 – The estimated number of people in the UK who have sought treatment for osteoarthritis in several sites of the body, by gender and age group

A graph to show the estimated number of people in the UK who have sought treatment for osteoarthritis in more than one region of the body by gender and age group

 

Figure 2 – The estimated proportion of people in the UK who have sought treatment for osteoarthritis in several sites of the body, by gender and age group

A graph to show the estimated proportion of people in the UK who have sought treatment for osteoarthritis in more than one region of the body by gender and age group

References

*Data from GPs consultations can be used to estimate the number of people living with osteoarthritis of several sites. To produce these figures the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre analysed data recorded in the Consultations in Primary Care Archive (CiPCA) about the number of people who have sought treatment from their GP for osteoarthritis over a seven year period.

For further information please download our guide Osteoarthritis in general practice (PDF 4.2 MB).

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