Research at Bromley hospitals shows 80pc of residents have relative with arthritis, says joint health campaign

PUBLISHED: 09:18 14 February 2014 | UPDATED: 09:24 14 February 2014

Almost 80 per cent of Bromley residents have a family member suffering from arthritis, according to a survey for a campaign to improve joint health.

According to research by BMI Healthcare at The Sloane Hospital, in Beckenham, and Chelsfield Park Hospital, in Orpington, 86pc of people knew someone who had to undergo a hip or knee replacement after suffering reduced mobility or pain.

More than half of those surveyed had a relative with osteoporosis but more than 90pc said they had never been given medical advice on how to look after their bones and joints.

BMI is running a campaign called Active for Life to raise awareness and encourage people to keep flexible and active.

It is being backed by former Olympian Steve Backley, who lives in Chislehurst and had to have a hip replacement in his 30s.

He said he was supporting the campaign to “help more people lead an active life to reduce their risk of needing joint replacement surgery as they age”.

The number of hip and knee replacements being performed in the UK are on the rise, mainly caused by osteoarthritis.

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Max Edwards said: “While it is not always possible to prevent osteoarthritis you can take steps to help minimise your risk of developing it by staying healthy, looking after your weight, avoiding injury and keeping your joints and bones as healthy as possible.”

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