Arthritis and musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions affect over 17 million people across the UK. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are conditions that affect the nerves, tendons, muscles and supporting structures and they are related to a number of other health conditions.

Pain and restricted mobility are the main features of a range of musculoskeletal conditions. As people get older, the risk of having an MSK condition rises. Women are generally at greater risk of problems with their bones, muscles and joints than men. In many cases MSK conditions interfere with our ability to carry-out normal, day-to-day activities. Your musculoskeletal health is intrinsically linked to your lifestyle.

Public Health Wales have a range of resources with lifestyle advice and top tips for starting to become more active:

Versus Arthritis – for further information on the scale and impact of musculoskeletal conditions:

ARMA– Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance

Arthritis Action

Education Programmes For Patients (EPP) Support obtained through this programme can be very helpful, find them on Facebook or the Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations (GAVO) website.

Carers Trust  if you are a carer, there is support for carers of people with long term conditions.

AskSARA is a web-based resource that may be able to provide additional information and support on your home, getting out and about and support with medications and symptoms