Physios to Help with Long-Term Illnesses
Arthritis Research UK are hoping for a combined effort from health professionals to address the links between musculoskeletal problems and long-term illness
Arthritis Research UK have published a new report calling for musculoskeletal issues to be included in NHS England’s future work to address multimorbidity. They believe that physiotherapists have a key role to play in helping NHS England monitor musculoskeletal (MSK) problems, which are affecting people in the UK.
According to the organisation, there are approximately ten million people in the UK who are living with a musculoskeletal condition, with many of them also having other health issues which risk shortening their lives. They found that one third of people aged 45 and over with long-term health conditions suffer from arthritis, and that around half of over 65s suffer from arthritis along with heart, lung, and mental health conditions.
Arthritis Research UK believe that MSK conditions are regularly overlooked by healthcare bodies when they are assessing multimorbidity and is encouraging research partners, such as National Institute for Health Research, to take these more seriously.
They are pushing for physiotherapists to provide NHS England with experienced and valuable insights into the correlations between conditions such as arthritis and many other long-term illnesses. They would also like input from physios with exercises, which could help to ease symptoms of these health problems.
National Clinical Director of MSK Services at NHS England, Professor Peter Kay, told the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy: "We must work across systems to ensure we have the appropriate data collected and available to understand the numbers and requirements of people living with multiple long-term conditions."