An overview of Joint Pain Matters
Click below to discover more about joint pain including why it occurs, how it can be diagnosed and available treatment options for joint pain.
Some people experience joint pain mildly, while for others, joint pain can be debilitating and impact many aspects of everyday life.
Our Joint Pain Matters 2021 report explores the stories of just some of the people living with chronic joint pain in the UK and further afield.
8,545 people aged 16-75+ took part in our survery, making it one of the largest UK studies of its kind.
We found that for many people, joint pain across multiple joints affects their social lives, family lives, mental health and romantic relationships. Through speaking with our network of Consultant orthoapedic surgeons, we also found that effective treatment options are available and people can find ways to manage their pain the right way.
If you suffer from joint pain, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Most respondents to our survey didn’t put up with joint pain for long, with 40.08% respondents waiting for less than a year before seeking professional help for joint pain. And, overall, 60.79% waited less than two years before seeking medical help.
However, a fifth of respondents (22.46%) waited for five years or more before seeking professional help for joint pain, with 8.33% putting off professional healthcare advice for 10 years or more before visiting a healthcare professional.
Putting off treatment for joint pain can lead to reduced mobility and intensified chronic pain.
Our analysis found that respondents suffered most from knee pain.
As you age, knee pain may become more severe.
As you age, knee pain may become more severe. It can be caused my a variety of conditions, including osteoarthritis and rhumeatoid arhritis.
Other knee pain causes include:
Many Orthopaedic Consultants are specially trained in the treatment and pain management of knee pain, helping carrying out a broad range of surgeries to treat joint pain.
47.96% of people say it holds them back from doing everyday activities, 50% say it has impacted their ability to participate in hobbies.
81% say it makes them feel frustrated, 67% depressed and 61% stressed.
While knee pain can have a dramatic impact on daily life, there are treatment options available that people can try to manage their pain.
Treatment for knee pain
Common treatment options