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Warning over rise in osteoarthritis cases

A patient suffering from osteoarthritis Credit: ITN Archive

Britain is facing a "tsunami" of pain as the number of osteoarthritis cases soars in the future, a leading expert has warned.

Increased life expectancy and rising levels of obesity mean osteoarthritis cases are set to double to more than 17 million by 2030, the charity Arthritis Care has predicted.

The warning was made after a survey commissioned by the charity showed 71% of the UK's 8.5 million osteoarthritis (OA) sufferers are in some form of constant pain and one in eight describes the pain as often "unbearable".