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59,000 people in Wakefield living with back pain

In Wakefield district, 59,000 people are living with the devastating impact of back pain, reveal new statistics released this month by charity Arthritis Research UK and local MP Mary Creagh.


The statistics were published alongside the launch of a new report from charity Arthritis Research UK, called ‘Working with arthritis’, which looks at solutions to give people living in daily pain the support they need to find and stay in work.

Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions like back pain affect one in six of us. Just 60% of working age people living with the condition are currently in work.

These conditions can cause extreme pain, stiffness and fatigue that can make everyday work tasks such as sitting, standing, walking, lifting, and typing very difficult.

Now Mary (pictured at the Arthritis Research UK report launch) has pledged to join forces with Arthritis Research UK to fight for better support to enable people with arthritis to find and stay in work.

Commenting on the statistics, Mary said: “Over 59,000 residents are living with back pain in our district right now – a staggering 18% of local people, above the national average. Being able to work is something that we often take for granted, but people living with arthritis and back pain do not always get the support they need. I’m delighted to support Arthritis Research UK’s work to help make sure that people suffering from chronic pain aren’t left behind.”

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