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Preventing arthritis

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Prevention is about making sure that the next generation don’t have to live with the pain or lack of mobility caused by arthritis.

We want our government and councils to make keeping people active, mobile and healthy a priority.

What questions can you ask about what's being done to prevent people getting arthritis?

Does your local council consider the pain caused by arthritis?

Has your council included arthritis in its health and wellbeing assessments? One in four councils hasn't, but we believe that every council should produce a plan aimed at keeping local people active, mobile and healthy.

Does your council provide opportunities for physical activity for people with arthritis?

Are there exercise classes that take into account your arthritis? Are there opportunities to swim? Are there local programmes that help local people to lose weight and stay healthy? Do the council tell people about them?

Do your local NHS services think about prevention?

When someone falls and fractures a bone, is there a service that provides targeted assessment and treatment for these patients? A fracture liaison service that's linked to every hospital is the best way to prevent future fractures, but nearly two thirds of hospitals don’t have one.

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