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Over 17 Million in the UK Suffer from Musculoskeletal Conditions with Joint Pain Impacting Mental and Emotional Well-being

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Musculoskeletal conditions affect over 17 million people across the UK, with pain being one of the leading symptoms. Joint pain does not only affect individuals diagnosed with joint health conditions; 3 in 10 adults experience persistent joint pain, defined as lasting longer than three months.

While the physical implications of joint pain can be obvious, a new survey indicates that prolonged pain and discomfort can have a profound impact on a person’s mental and emotional well-being, notably affecting relationships with friends, family members and partners. The findings reveal that almost 1 in 6 (14%) don’t feel supported by friends and family, 1 in 5 (20%) have avoided physical intimacy with a partner and almost one-quarter (22%) feel like a burden to their loved ones.[iii]

The survey, commissioned by GOPO Joint Health – a leading joint health supplement proven to reduce pain and stiffness and improve mobility – provides a startlingly honest look into the detrimental impact of joint pain on all aspects of sufferers’ lives.

2 in 5 (40%) joint pain sufferers say that joint pain has had a negative effect on their quality of life, with their mental health (43%), social life (32%) and work life (29%) most affected.

NHS doctor for over 30 years and author of Live Well to 101, Dr Dawn Harper comments: “The ongoing nature of joint pain can be emotionally and physically taxing, and as a result, sufferers can become withdrawn in many aspects of their lives. Chronic or persistent pain can impact a person’s physical capabilities, ability to work and relationships with loved ones. Over time, these lifestyle restrictions can also affect sufferers’ mental and emotional health. As such, it’s important to find self-management strategies that not only support physical health, but also mental and emotional well-being.”

If you’re suffering from joint pain and finding it difficult to cope, try Dr Dawn Harper’s top tips:

  1. Protect your mental well-being. According to these insights, almost three-quarters (73%) of joint pain sufferers have experienced anxiety or depression. To help protect your mental well-being, try implementing relaxation techniques that can support your ability to manage the emotions that may accompany joint pain. Meditation and breathing exercises are great options, or, if you’re able, try a gentle yoga flow or walk in nature.
  2. Talk to friends and family. It can be difficult for friends and family to feel connected when someone is dealing with chronic or persistent pain, but it’s important not to hide your pain from loved ones. Communicating your symptoms and the way pain affects your life with family and friends can help them understand how to support you. Their acceptance and understanding may also help you better handle the challenges of everyday life.”
  3. Try proven treatments. These insights show that over half (53%) of the joint pain sufferers surveyed currently manage their pain with over-the-counter painkillers or prescribed medication. Of these, over half (56%) would prefer to manage pain exclusively with lifestyle changes and alternative treatments.One option could be the galactolipid GOPO, a compound derived from rosehip, with research indicating that it can effectively relieve joint pain. The natural anti-inflammatory properties of GOPO make it a viable replacement for painkillers without the risk of harmful side effects. If you do want to try a joint health supplement, always consult your doctor or pharmacist first, who can advise on the best treatment for your symptoms.

Extensive studies involving over 400 patients with chronic pain conditions, such as osteoarthritis, have shown that GOPO produces significant and consistent pain relief and improves joint function. In one study, 8 out of 10 patients reported a significant reduction in pain after just 3 weeks of GOPO

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