A survey by Revealing Realities for Arthritis Research UK, found 78% of people with arthritis are in pain most days and 57% in pain every day. This is why the charity is funding a wide variety of research into pain. Currently, people with osteoarthritis rely on painkillers, heat/cold therapy, weight management, exercise, steroid injections and, in extreme cases, joint replacement. For rheumatoid arthritis, drugs can dampen the immune system and slow or halt the disease; however, it can be trial and error to find the right drug. In many cases for both conditions, the pain is only dulled and not alleviated.
Read Emma’s story on the Arthritis Research UK website.