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Pain Information Point


6:35am 18th July 2011
(Updated 10:08am 20th July 2011)

York is one of three cities to be visited by an Osteoarthritis Pain Information Point

York is one of three cities in the UK to benefit from access to a mobile unit, the Osteoarthritis Pain Information Point, which will be stationed across the city in July. Nurses will provide private consultations for people with osteoarthritis and visitors will also be given the latest information and educational leaflets on pain management strategies to help them make an informed choice in managing their constant pain.

The Daily Impact of Osteoarthritis (OA) across the UK some 8.5 million people currently live with OA,  a condition that affects the joints, causing pain and stiffness. A recent survey of 202 people with OA, carried out by YouGov on behalf of Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited, has revealed the day-to-day impact of the condition, with eight out of ten (84%) stating they experience OA pain most or all of the time. a  For people with OA, the everyday activities that many of us take for granted, such as walking, gardening and even sleeping, can be fraught with difficulty - with four out of ten (43%) stating their OA pain affects their ability to walk a large amount,2b while six out of ten (64%) state that it affects their ability to sleep a 'fair amount' (33%), 'a large amount' (26%), or that it makes sleeping 'impossible' (5%).2c 

Now people from York can seek additional support in their daily battle against OA pain by visiting the Osteoarthritis Pain Information Point - which has been initiated and funded by Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited in partnership with the charity Arthritis Care - at one of the following venues: Wyevale Garden Centre, Tuesday 12 July - Sunday 17 July, 9-6pm (Sun, 10.30-4.30pm) and Coppergate Shopping Centre, Monday 18 July - Saturday 23 July, 9-5.30pm.

People with OA will have the opportunity to have a private consultation with a nurse to discuss ways to control their OA pain - including advice and information on lifestyle changes, treatment options and how to get the most out of their GP appointment.

Tony Murray, Central England Regional Director from Arthritis Care says:

"The Osteoarthritis Pain Information Point is designed to bring pain management advice directly to those who need it the most. It's a relaxed and convenient opportunity for those with osteoarthritis to speak to a nurse, and receive information tailored to their individual needs. It's vital that people living with OA understand that although OA can't be cured, they don't need to battle through daily life with constant pain, because there are a range of pain management plans and techniques that can offer a better quality of life."

According to the new research, although more than half (56%) of people with OA said they feel comfortable talking to their GP about their OA pain,2d two out of ten (20%) said they find it difficult to explain to their GP how OA pain affects their day-to-day life2e - and only one in ten (10%) rated their current medication as very effective.2f

Dr Chris Steele explains:

"Some patients with osteoarthritis feel reluctant to visit their GP as they think there are no other options to help them control their OA pain. Or they simply don't want to make a fuss. However, if they're in pain despite taking medication, or find their treatment difficult to deal with, it may be time to visit their GP to discuss a new pain management plan. By visiting the Osteoarthritis Pain Information Point,  people with OA will have the chance to get advice from a nurse, who can recommend whether or not an appointment with a GP would be beneficial and, if so, how to get the most out of it."

This campaign has been initiated and funded by Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited in partnership with Arthritis Care.

For more information on OA and the Osteoarthritis Pain Information Point, click here

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