Back pain and joint problems
Back and joint problems make up one of the largest groups of disabilities. These problems include a wide range of conditions caused by injury or disease and include back pain, arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and joint replacements for hips, knees and other joints.
Chronic pain is a common problem associated with these conditions. Poor pain control can lead to declining health, reduced mobility and increased social isolation.
How can I manage my back pain and joint problems?
You can self-manage your conditions by:
- Keeping to the drug programme agreed by you and your doctor - in many cases GPs will work with individuals to establish the best treatment for you
- Try complementary therapies - in addition to medication you might want to try complementary therapies such as acupuncture, aromatherapy or counselling
- Exercise on a daily basis - this helps limit pain and helps to maintain mobility, boost energy and keep joints strong and also prevents disability
- Eat a healthy diet - various problems involving the muscles and skeleton can be helped with the right diet
- Making lifestyle changes- to help you to manage your condition. You can speak to your GP, practice nurse or health trainer about this
Local Support and Information
Spinal Injuries Association Helpline
This is a national organisation offering advice and information to those who are affected by spinal cord injury, including the family and friends of the disabled person.
Tel: 0800 980 0501
Helpline 0845 6786633
Arthritis Research UK
Arthritis Research UK is a charity leading the fight against arthritis and funds research and provides information and runs campaigns to raise awareness.
Tel: 01246 558033
Arthritis care is a charity which provides information and support to anyone affected by the condition as well as their families and carers.
Suite 1, Belle Vue Business Centre, Elm Tree Street, Wakefield, WF1 5EQ
Phone: (0)1924 882150