ON behalf of everyone at Arthritis Research UK, I’d like to thank readers who held a fundraising event or helped us bust arthritis myths during our National Arthritis Week 2012, which ran from October 8-14.
Our recent research showed that many people believe common myths about arthritis, for example that it simply means ‘aches and pains as you get old’ or that you should not exercise if you have neck, back or joint pain.
In fact, arthritis can affect anyone at any age. Ten million people in the UK are affected and it is the biggest cause of pain and disability in the UK. At the right level, exercise can ease stiffness, improve joint movement and strengthen muscles.
We are the only charity in the UK dedicated to researching all forms of arthritis. We receive no government funding so we rely entirely on the generosity of the British public to continue funding world class research.
Many thanks again from all of us here at Arthritis Research UK for supporting our National Arthritis Week 2012. We’d love to see photos of your fundraising activities so do share them with us at www.facebook.com/arthritisresearchuk and www.twitter.com/arthritisruk.
DR LIAM O’TOOLE,
Arthritis Research UK.