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ARMA is the umbrella body providing a collective voice for the arthritis and musculoskeletal community in the UK.

Together, ARMA and its member organisations work to improve quality of life for all those living with musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders in the UK.

We aim to foster co-operation between charities and professional organisations, working to enhance understanding and mutual support between individuals and organisational bodies.

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As the UK population ages and the number of people living with multiple long-term conditions grow, the burden of MSK conditions is set to increase. The last six years alone have seen an increase of nearly 300% in hip and knee replacements, for instance. Yet MSK conditions remain chronically under-prioritised in the NHS.

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Musculoskeletal and Arthritis News

Life with Osteoporosis: the untold story

National Osteoporosis Society Conference 2014 The Osteoporosis Conference will run from 30th Nov – 2nd Dec 2014 at the Birmingham ICC. With expertise gained over 25 years, the Conference has evolved to offer a high-quality and diverse scientific programme of interest to clinicians, health professionals and basic scientists in the area of bone health. For more information visit www.nos.org.uk/conference “Life with Osteoporosis: the untold story” – Report Launched In June of this year the National Osteoporosis Society began “Life with Osteoporosis” – a landmark study to find out more about the impact of osteoporosis and fragility fractures on people’s lives. The report has now been launched ...

Commissioning guidance documents

As many of you will be aware the British Orthopaedic Association has developed commissioning guidance documents aimed at helping those involved in the commissioning of services. They cover a range of treatment areas that include painful deformed great toe in adults, painful tingling fingers, pain arising from the hip in adults, painful osteoarthritis of the knee, low back pain and subacromial shoulder pain. Each guide has been put together by a dedicated multidisciplinary guidance development group, with representatives from Specialist Societies, primary care, physicians, commissioners, patient groups, therapists and clinicians involved in the delivery of care for the particular pathway. In ...

BAcC TV

Back Pain Video The British Acupuncture Council has produced this fun video promoting back care tips acupuncture for Back Pain Awareness Week. Go to acune.ws/CjOe6 or click the image to see the quirky YouTube video.   Acupuncture Research Resource Centre Symposium – Save the date The ARRC symposium will take place on Saturday 21st March 2015 at King’s College London. We are currently finalising our line-up of speakers and it is looking very exciting… If you have a poster that you are interested in presenting or would like some further information, please contact our research manager, Mark Bovey markb@acupuncture.org.uk. TV programme on acupuncture for pain Dr Hugh McPherson ...

ARMA’s Standards of Care

Arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions affect one in 5 people in the UK, causing pain and disability.

They can strike at any age, from infancy onwards. They cost society billions each year in health and social costs, lost employment, benefits; and they cost many individuals their independence and quality of life. There are many myths about these conditions, but the most damaging of all is the myth that nothing can be done.

Something can always be done, be it providing details of a local support group, or designing a service which means that people see the right specialist at the right time.

As part of ARMA’s Standards of Care project, a group of people with a range of musculoskeletal conditions has come together to identify what needs to happen in health services to enable them to minimise the pain and disability of arthritis, and to help people remain independent. They have suggested reasonable expectations of care and services for all people with musculoskeletal conditions.

We believe people have a right to:

  • Access to appropriate services for all people with musculoskeletal conditions
  • Timely diagnosis and treatment
  • Information
  • Services which are centered on the needs of users
  • Independence and self-determination

Read more about our overarching principles for the standards of care for people with musculoskeletal conditions.

 

 

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