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National Arthritis Week

4th – 10th April 2022

Arthritis Ireland is highlighting the positive impact of physical activity on people with arthritis and related conditions during National Arthritis Week, which takes place 4-10 April 2022.

According to the national patient organisation, the number of people living with arthritis is forecast to increase in the coming decades. Two key drivers are increased life expectancy and physical inactivity. Just 46% of adults in Ireland are achieving the minimum level of activity of 150 minutes per week. This figure falls to one-third for adults aged 65-74.

Arthritis is the biggest cause of disability in the country and affects one million people in Ireland.

According to Gráinne O’Leary, chief executive of Arthritis Ireland, “Physical activity is one of the most effective treatments to help manage arthritis. Although the pain from arthritis can make a person feel less like exercising, even a small amount or moderate amount of activity can help to relieve pain, stiffness and inflammation. 

The key is start small and build up over time and don’t forget to seek advice and support from your healthcare professional – be it your GP or your Chartered Physiotherapist.” O’Leary said.

Further information about National Arthritis Week is available on the charity’s website at www.arthritisireland.ie.

Anyone wishing to support Arthritis Ireland can do so by texting ARTHRITIS to 50300 to donate €4, or alternatively by making a donation on its website.