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Arthritis Research UK

Providing physical activity interventions for people with musculoskeletal conditions

Arthritis Research UK has this month published their findings in a report highlighting the importance of physical activity.

The report highlights the importance of providing physical activity interventions for people with musculoskeletal conditions.

Physical activity is a key part of a public health approach to musculoskeletal conditions and it has a range of benefits for people with musculoskeletal conditions in terms of improving quality of life and supporting people to be independent. It can reduce joint and back pain by 25% while also improving sleep, managing stress and reducing depression, anxiety and dementia; and is therefore beneficial for people who have a musculoskeletal condition and one or more other long-term health conditions.

Arthritis Research UK’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Liam O’Toole, said: "For many people with joint or back pain, becoming physically active isn't straigh­tforward. They often are unaware that physical activity can benefit their symptoms.

"However, a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach isn't appropriate for people with differing levels of mobility and activity. Depending on an individual’s needs, physical activity can involve a spectrum of approaches prescribed by a health professional. The report aims to ensure these approaches are at the heart of commissioners’ plans."

Read the full report by clicking on the link below