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What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint. Around 10 million people in the UK have arthritis, which means almost 1 in 6 of us experience this condition.1


Arthritis causes

Osteoarthritis can occur at any age as a result of an injury or be associated with other joint-related conditions, such as gout or rheumatoid arthritis.

In rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s immune system targets affected joints, which leads to pain and swelling.1

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Arthritis types

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common types of arthritis.1

Arthritis symptoms

Arthritis pain usually presents as tenderness and stiffness around the joints.1


Arthritis pain relief

If you have arthritis it’s important to understand how your condition affects your joints and causes pain so that you can move without putting any unnecessary strain on your body.

Having arthritis doesn’t mean you should stop using your painful joints, and an occupational therapist (OT) will be able to give you advice on how to protect your joints while keeping moving. You can get occupational therapy free through the NHS or social services, and your GP will be able to refer you.

You can also pay for occupational therapy yourself. The Royal College of Occupational Therapists lists qualified and registered occupational therapists here.2

Your OT can also help you find different ways of doing particular tasks or suggest gadgets to help you.3

While joint pain and arthritis pain are very common, it is important not to ignore on-going symptoms. There are many treatments that can help slow down the development of the arthritis1 and your GP can refer you to the appropriate care. Your pharmacist can also advise you about the appropriate pain relief that can help arthritis and joint pain, such as Solpadeine Plus or Solpadeine Max.

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1. NHS: Arthritis. Available at: Accessed July 2021.
2. NHS: Occupational Therapy. Available at: Accessed July 2021.
3. Versus Arthritis: Managing you pain. Available at: Accessed July 2021.


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