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Bones & Joints

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Bones & Joints
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Healthcare at breaking point

OVERVIEW Musculoskeletal conditions – the term for more than 200 illnesses affecting the bones and joints, such as arthritis, lower back pain and osteoporosis – threaten to stretch the NHS to breaking point, writes Lilian Anekwe

Disease makes moving painful

MUSCULOSKELETAL CONDITIONS Arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions affect up to one in five people in the UK, causing pain, disability, reduced quality of life and costing society billions, as Judy Hobson reports

When pain is unbearable

MANAGING CHRONIC PAIN Liz Bestic looks at the physical, psychological and social impact of chronic pain which can devastate sufferers’ lives

Diffusing the time bomb

DEMOGRAPHIC Joint pain and stiffness are increasingly affecting more people at a younger age, and the number of sufferers is set to soar, as Ellie Broughton discovers

Supplementary, my dear doctor

NUTRITION Professor Margaret Rayman, an expert in nutritional medicine at the University of Surrey, assesses the possible benefits of special diet and supplements for arthritis patients

The big three take their toll

FOCUS Three of the most commonly occurring musculoskeletal conditions are osteoporosis osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Rhiannon Smith takes a closer look at the “big three”

‘We should be catching rabbits and climbing trees’

PREVENTION An active and healthy lifestyle can help prevent bone and joint complaints, writes Christian Duffin. But, if problems develop, there are still measures which can contain, and even limit, the impact of musculoskeletal conditions

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