The devastating impact of joint pain is laid bare in a new survey
Those aged 64 and over are more likely to suffer constant joint pain according to a new study commissioned by private health care provider BMI Healthcare.
The research also found that 78 per cent of those surveyed aged between 55 and 77 suffered joint pain and 40 per cent of those questioned said they had been living with pain for 10 years.
“Pain makes me moody so I take it out on others”, reported one of the 400 Gransnet members who took part. “Even holding hands with my granddaughters can be painful at times,” and “my sex life is now non-existent” were just some of the affects aches and pains had on the lives of 55-74 year olds.
The study has been launched ahead of BMI Healthcare's free new ebook ‘The Bare Bones Guide to Joint Pain’ . The guide provides tips and advice on managing joint pain from some of the UK’s leading orthopaedic consultants, along with insight into some of the latest treatment options.
Former MP and Health Minister, Edwina Currie, who wrote an introduction to the guide complained: “My right knee is swollen and my ankle gets that way too if I don’t give it a lot of TLC. At the not-so-advanced age of 68, I’m beginning to feel like a painful statistic.”
“Too often we can fail to take early action on persistent niggles. Waiting till pain is excruciating is miserable and unwise. Don’t put up with that pain: get up, get going, get help.”
The parts of the body/ joints most affected by joint pain among those surveyed were: 63% Knees, 48% Hands, 47% Back, 45% Hips, 35% Shoulders, 29% Feet, 22% Ankles, 14% Arms
BMI Healthcare operates over 60 hospitals and treatment centres across the country offering 115 different specialties and services. Some 90% of adults in the UK who have private medical insurance live less than an hour from a BMI hospital.