Study into arthritis attitudes

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PEOPLE in the North East have a “poor understanding” of arthritis, according to a new survey.

Arthritis Research UK is concerned many people living with joint pain are unaware of the importance of early diagnosis.

A national survey commissioned by the medical research charity has revealed that 22 per cent of people admit they have a poor understanding of arthritis, the biggest cause of pain and disability in the UK.

Of the 83 per cent in the North East who think they have a good or average understanding of arthritis, many actually believe common arthritis myths.

The survey also revealed that while 77 per cent of people in the region consider arthritis a serious condition, 49 per cent believe that arthritis means “aches and pains when you get old”. The term “arthritis” is used to describe around two hundred conditions.