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Airing Pain 27: Arthritis: Challenging perceptions

Set­ting the record straight on arthri­tis, and prac­ti­cal tips on liv­ing with the condition.

This pro­gramme was fund­ed by Pain Concern’s sup­port­ers and friends.

In this pro­gramme we tack­le the issue, raised by Judy on our forum, of how peo­ple with arthri­tis – which often has no obvi­ous phys­i­cal symp­toms – can get help in explain­ing their con­di­tion to those around them. Pro­fes­sor David Walsh explains about the dif­fer­ent kinds of arthri­tis. Jo Cum­ming, Kate Llewe­lyn and Minal Smith of Arthri­tis Care talk about their own expe­ri­ences of the chal­lenges of liv­ing with pain and how the infor­ma­tion the char­i­ty pro­vides can help peo­ple like them.

Although arthri­tis is com­mon­ly thought to be a con­di­tion which only affects the elder­ly it can affect peo­ple of all ages – even babies. Kate Llewe­lyn, who devel­oped arthri­tis at a young age, tells us about Arthri­tis Care’s book­let for par­ents, which pro­vides strate­gies on how to adapt fam­i­ly life when a child is diag­nosed with a form of the disease.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Arthri­tis, mis­con­cep­tions, explain­ing pain, flare-up, joint pain, inflam­ma­to­ry arthri­tis, osteoarthri­tis, exer­cise, rela­tion­ships, hate crime, lack of under­stand­ing, pain beliefs, invis­i­ble dis­abil­i­ty, school, chil­dren and young peo­ple, depres­sion and elder­ly people.


  • Pro­fes­sor David Walsh, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor in Rheuma­tol­ogy, Uni­ver­si­ty of Not­ting­ham and Direc­tor, Arthri­tis Research UK Pain Centre
  • Jo Cum­ming, Kate Llewe­lyn and Minal Smith, Arthri­tis Care.