People from Portsmouth and the surrounding areas are invited to the third annual Day to Day – Living with Arthritis event, organised by Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

The event, at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth on Wednesday 6 October 2011, aims to inform and educate patients and the public about looking after themselves whilst living with any type of arthritis or connective tissue disease.

Love Your Bones is now in its 5th year, the event is an opportunity for members of the public to hear more about the impact of osteoporosis, how to adopt healthy life styles to promote bone health, treatment options and current research and how to live a full active life when osteoporosis is diagnosed.
 
Those attending the one day event will have the opportunity to meet local and national charities and services supporting people living with osteoporosis and to attend informative presentations on a wide variety of topics, all provided by experienced specialist consultants and health care professionals. It is also an opportunity for people to meet and share experiences.
 
The event will run from 9am until 4.30pm and has been organised in partnership with Portsmouth City PCT, Hampshire PCT, and ARMA- Portsmouth Local Network

Colin Beevor, Rheumatology Department Matron, one of the event’s organisers, said: “The annual event has been a great success in recent years and we hope this year’s will be no exception. We try to make the programme as varied as possible and we hope that everyone who comes will benefit and be able to get the help and support they need.”

Arthritis is a term used to describe a number of painful conditions of the joints and bones. Any part of your body can become inflamed or painful from arthritis and can affect anyone at any age. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, results from wear and tear. The pressure of gravity causes physical damage to the joints and surrounding tissues, leading to pain, tenderness, swelling and decreased function. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, potentially disabling disease which can cause joint pain, stiffness, swelling and loss of joint function.

Colin Beevor added: “By increasing public awareness, we can improve individual lifestyle and health choices which will enable people with arthritis to enjoy life to the full. I would like to encourage anyone living in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas who have arthritis to come to the event.”

Want to attend!

The event is free but places must be reserved by Wednesday 15 September 2011.

To reserve a place email your name, address, contact details and how many spaces you would like to reserve, to

Val Robins at rheumatology.conference@porthosp.nhs.uk

or

send by post to Ms V Robins, Rheumatology, Department, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, PO6 3LY.

 

The conference is organised by the Department of Rheumatology at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust in partnership with the Portsmouth National Osteoporosis Society and Portsmouth ARMA Local Network.

 

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