WEST Sussex is one of the best areas in the UK for good joint health as people living in the county have an average joint age of 4.25 years lower than the national average.
In fact, according to research from Seven Seas Jointcare, West Sussex ranked first in the top five counties with a low joint age with people having joints that were on average just 8.05 years older than their actual age.
The regional data collected from the 13,000 users from across 56 counties who completed the Seven Seas Joint Age Calculator online assessment tool highlights the full extent of joint health discrepancies across the UK.
Despite the national comparison, people in West Sussex still have some way to go to achieve a joint age equal or less than their actual age illustrating the need for ongoing joint care maintenance not least because joint health is becoming more of a health issue nationwide.
There are currently over 70,000 knee replacements carried out every year in the UK but experts predict a staggering 700 per cent increase by 2030.
Leading osteopath and co-creator of the Seven Seas Joint Age Calculator, Torben Hersborg commented: “Every day in my clinic I see both the consequences of years of neglect and of people taking their joints for granted. The good news is that the majority of these problems are preventable and people can take steps to maintain their joint health.”
Existing data research from the Seven Seas Joint Age Calculator also shows that joint pain problems are no longer just an issue for older people. As a population, joint health is seriously neglected in the UK particularly among the 25-34 age group:
On average under 25s have a joint age which is about double that of their own, adding on approximately 23 years. Nearly two fifths of 25-34 year olds had a joint age of over 50
80 per cent of this age group reporting some sort of joint concern including having joints that ache, twinge or cause pain at least once a month (39 per cent on a daily basis)
Despite this, two thirds (66 per cent) admit that they don’t actively look after their joints
A quarter (26 per cent) confess to spending more money and time on hair appointments than their joint health
Other risk factors such as being overweight add an additional five years to joint age3 and with latest government figures showing almost a quarter of us are now clinically obese4 it is unsurprising that GPs report obesity as the second most common reason for joint health problems
Regardless of age or health needs, Seven Seas Jointcare offers a range of tailored nutritional support designed to help maintain supple, flexible and healthy joints.