National Arthritis Week: Make a Joint Effort Pledge
This week, 7-13 October, is National Arthritis Week and we’d like to help raise awareness of arthritis and the daily frustrations left by those who live with the condition.
It is a common misconception that arthritis is a medical condition which only affects older people; in fact, arthritis affects people of all ages. One in six people in the UK live with the pain of arthritis, including 15,000 children and young people.
Osteoarthritis, which leads to painful degeneration of the joints, is the most common form of the disease. It can make everyday tasks such as getting dressed, cooking and moving around very difficult.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory condition which causes the immune system to attack the joints and sometimes internal organs. One third of people with rheumatoid arthritis will be forced to stop working within 2 years.
The theme of this year’s National Arthritis Week is making a Joint Effort. Arthritis Research UK are aiming to raise awareness of what it’s like living with arthritis or caring for someone with Arthritis, they are also trying to raise vital funds to help them continue their research and improve the lives of those with arthritis.
You can help by sharing your experience of joint pain and arthritis and taking part in the National Arthritis Survey 2013 or making a ‘Joint Effort Pledge’ to learn more about arthritis and donate some money.
Arthritis, travel and holidays
Living with the pain of arthritis shouldn’t stop you from travelling abroad, but depending on the severity of your condition, it can make things more difficult.
If your arthritis affects your hips or knees and makes it difficult for you to get around your airline and the airport should be able to provide assistance to help you board the plane.
More information about airport services for passengers with mobility problems.
You should also remember to declare your arthritis when you buy travel insurance to ensure that you are properly protected from the risk of incurring large medical bills if you need treatment whilst you are away.
Find out more about travel insurance cover for arthritis >>