Whether directly or indirectly, arthritis affects us all. Yet it remains hidden from the wider world. Misunderstood, overlooked, or simply ignored. It’s time we all understood the true impact it has, and give people with arthritis the help and support they need. Because arthritis is the nation’s joint problem. Let’s stop losing out to it.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is invisible

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints. It can affect all parts of the body, making the most basic of movements, like sitting down, walking, standing or gripping, painful.

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Over 10 million people in the UK live with arthritis

Living with Arthritis

Arthritis impacts every part of life

From family life to mental health, relationships to work, arthritis can affect everything in life. But once we all acknowledge and understand more about it, we can find ways to better help people who live with it every day.

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of people with arthritis experience pain every day

Caring for someone with arthritis

Arthritis affects loved ones

Arthritis doesn’t just affect the person who has it. It can also have a huge knock-on impact on those around, putting strains on relationships and robbing people of quality time with their friends and family.

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1 in 4 people with arthritis have it for over 20 years

Healthcare Professionals

Arthritis is a major public health priority

And its impact on the NHS is huge. Our goal is to help people with arthritis live better by improving access to treatments, and support for doctors and other medical professionals.

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Each year1 in 5 people consult a GP about a musculoskeletal problem

Info for employers

Arthritis affects all kinds of work

But because the effects are unseen, it’s not often spoken about or thought of. As an employer, there are many simple changes you can make to keep your people with arthritis in work.

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working days are lost every year to arthritis related conditions

Arthritis affects us all

For help and advice on what you can do, choose an option below:

Want to help Arthritis Research UK?

From taking part in an event to volunteering, there are lots of ways you can get involved.