Arthritis is used to describe pain, swelling and stiffness in a joint, or joints. Around 10 million people in the UK are thought to have arthritis. It can affect people of all ages including children and teenagers.
There are several different types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and some like these are long-term conditions.
Arthritis pain can make all aspects of daily living difficult at times and impact on an individual participating in the activities they want to do. The symptoms of arthritis can vary from day to day. Individuals living with Arthritis report improvement with understanding their condition, management techniques and maintaining general wellbeing.
If you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or struggling to cope please contact your GP who may refer you to the relevant healthcare professional.