UK facts and statistics for Arthritis
Around 10 million people in the UK have a form of arthritis, affecting people of all ages, including children
3 million people in the UK have osteoarthritis
A third of people aged 45 and over have sought treatment for osteoarthritis
Around 700,000 adults have rheumatoid arthritis in the UK
There are approximately 20,000 new cases of rheumatoid arthritis in the UK every year
Roughly 200,000 people suffer from Ankylosing Spondylitis in the UK
People with AS suffer an average 8 year delay between onset of symptoms and diagnosis
There are 15,000 children in the UK with juvenile idiopathic arthritis
More than 2,500 children develop juvenile idiopathic arthritis each year
The NHS musculoskeletal health programme budget (in 2012–3) was £5.34 billion.
The latest figures show that arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis care led to a medical cost of around £689 million a year in the UK.
The Chief Medical Officers’ national guidelines for physical activity advise that adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity each week.
Older adults who engage in regular physical activity have around 30% lower risk of falls.
Musculoskeletal conditions account for 30.5% of all years lived with disability
30.6 million working days were lost due to sickness absence caused by a musculoskeletal condition in the UK in 2013.
There are over 100,000 GP consultations every day in the UK about a musculoskeletal problem.
21% of the population consults a GP about a musculoskeletal problem each year.