Do you want to get out and about more, but find aches or pain with your muscles, joints or bones stopping you?
You’re not alone. Around 10 million adults in the UK live with conditions such as back, hip, or shoulder pain, osteoporosis or arthritis.
Doing what matters to you, whether that’s meeting friends, shopping, getting active, or learning a new skill, can improve your wellbeing.
The Sussex MSK partnership (Central) is developing new ways to help patients look after themselves and manage their own conditions. One part of this is to work with The Fed and other local voluntary organisations on a project called ‘Right Track’.
This project is about helping people to find local activities that will keep them active and ‘out and about’ in the community. It will also find out what helps and gets in the way of patients looking after themselves better.
The Right Track team held an Open Day on Tuesday 12 April at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church that aimed to provide information, advice and taster sessions on how people could manage daily life with their condition.
The event was lively, informative and fun. About 60 patients and carers came and 14 organisations ran stalls: National Osteoporosis Society, Sussex MSK Partnership Central, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, The Carers Centre, Brighton and Hove City Council Health Trainers, Active for Life, Active Sussex, Lifelines, Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service, Age UK, The Bridge Community, Neighbourhood Care Scheme and Expert Patient Programme.
This is what people said;
- “I thoroughly enjoyed the event and learned some things which will help me with my spine condition and arthritic knee”
- “I learnt about early signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis, I will make a doctor’s appointment to check out my symptoms”
- “I felt treated with respect by professionals sharing knowledge. I think it was great having this event, better than any forum which we have locally”
- “I’m glad that it is recognised that MSK suffers need support”
To find out more about the project, contact Donna Bailey at the Fed on 01273 20 89 34 or email firstname.lastname@example.org