Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East, recently attended a parliamentary event to highlight the effect of living with arthritis related conditions has on the 17.8 million people across the UK. MPs who attended the event also met people living with arthritis, who explained how the condition can affect their lives in different ways – from going to work, to coping with the daily tasks such as cooking or driving that many of us take for granted.

The event coincided with the launch of Arthritis Research UK’s new ‘Ask Us’ campaign, which encourages those living with arthritis to reach out to the charity and ask questions about their condition. The campaign directs people to information and advice provided by the charity, which is based on many years of research and knowledge from experts and patients. This information and advice is provided via their online information, helpline, and online ‘Virtual Assistant’.

By working together with MPs, the charity hopes to encourage people to find the answers to their queries from a source they can trust.

“I was shocked to learn that in Wolverhampton North East, 8,534 people aged over 45 live with osteoarthritis of the knee, 4,934 people aged over 45 live with osteoarthritis of the hip, and 18,541 live with back pain. Too many people locally are living with daily pain, fatigue, and isolation. This is unacceptable.

“I hope that my colleagues will join me in ensuring that constituents living with arthritis get the support they need, and I urge people affected to reach out to Arthritis Research UK for expert information. Together, we can do more to fight the devastating impact that arthritis has on the lives of more than 17.8 million people across the UK.”

To find out more about the charity and to ask any question about arthritis please visit: www.arthritisresearchuk.org/askus

April 2018