It’s National Arthritis Week
It’s National Arthritis Week and Arthritis Ireland has launched a new video campaign to try and change public perceptions of arthritis and communicate exactly what it feels like to have a lifelong, incurable, chronic disease.
The charity is trying to demonstrate the harrowing struggle faced by ordinary people battling both physically and mentally as they live with arthritis.
An inflammation of the joints that causes mild to severe pain and immobility, there are more than 900,000 people including 1,100 children in Ireland living with arthritis, making it the single biggest cause of disability.
Arthritis Ireland CEO, John Church, said: “People with arthritis in Ireland are fed up living with the stereotype that arthritis is just a few aches and pains that just affects older people, when in fact the reality is very different. Ireland is now in the midst of an arthritis crisis. It is the single biggest cause of disability here, affecting three quarters of a million people from newborn babies right through to the elderly.”
You can contact Arthritis Ireland for more information. Check out the video and let us know what you think…
If you’re an Ankylosing Spondylitis sufferer, then look out for the new physio-designed exercise app launched by the Ankylosing Spondylitis Association of Ireland this month.
AS is a form of arthritis in which inflammation of the spine causes stiffness, tenderness and discomfort.
The app acts as a ‘physio-on-your-phone’ to encourage AS patients to undertake regular exercises, as instructed by their physiotherapist, to help improve AS symptoms in the long-term. It can also benefit those living in areas of the country with limited access to fitness or health amenities.
Called SUAS (Supporting and Understanding Ankylosing Spondylitis), the app has been developed in partnership with the University Hospital Waterford Rheumatology team and supported by Pfizer Healthcare Ireland.
The SUAS app provides people with AS with educational information, a library of instructional exercise videos, from beginner to advanced levels, and the ability to track and monitor the user’s progress over time.
You can download a SUAS information booklet here.