Co-operative Xest raises awareness of osteoarthritis as number of cases set to soar by 2030

Recent findings in a report commissioned by Arthritis Care indicates a huge rise in the number of cases of osteoarthritis over the next 20 years. Andrea Dipple at co-operative xest declares more awareness of coping with the condition is required.
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May 14, 2012 - PRLog -- Recent findings by Phillip Conaghan, Professor of Musculoskeletal Medicine and a report commissioned by Arthritis Care indicates a ‘ticking time bomb’ in the number of cases of osteoarthritis as an ageing population along with levels of obesity continue to rise over the next 20 years.

Professor Conaghan believes that cases of osteoarthritis, a leading cause of severe pain in hips, knees and hands, could double from 8.5 million to 17 million by 2030.
In a recent statement he declared that “action is needed immediately; we have to bust this myth that painful joints are inevitable part of getting older that we have to put up with.”

In the recent report; OANation2012, commissioned by Arthritis Care nearly 75% of people diagnosed with osteoarthritis complain of experiencing constant pain in their affected joints due to the condition, describing the pain as often “unbearable”.

Andrea Dipple, Managing Director at Co-operative Xest, described these recent findings as “alarming” and called for more awareness of aids which can make living with osteoarthritis more comfortable and less painful.

She said that: “Being able to go about our daily lives without experiencing pain or distress is something that we are all sometimes guilty of taking for granted, but for sufferers of this debilitating condition, life can be very painful. Many people diagnosed with osteoarthritis however, do not realise that there are a huge range of specially designed aids that can make everyday tasks that little bit easier. Whether it is a Reacher for helping to pick things up or a Long Handled Brush to make brushing your hair more comfortable, there is always something which can help to make living with osteoarthritis less painful”.

For more information and to shop a wide range of daily living aids that can help sufferers of osteoarthritis visit
To view the OANation2012 report visit

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About co-operative Xest
Co-operative Xest is a co-operative business; they can be trusted to do the right thing by customers, as customers ultimately own the business.
Co-operative Xest has a mission, they want to:
•   Enable customers to live independent, dignified, more fulfilled and enriched lives.
•   Change the way people shop for clever products that make life easier.
Co-operative Xest has pledged to do the following:
•   Offer a 12 month buy and try guarantee.
•   Provide clear and full information about their products including customer benefits.
•   Use pictures that show you what the products are like in everyday life.  
•   Provide products that offer great value for money.
•   Keep the cost of delivery to a minimum.
•   Provide rapid service.
The Southern Co-operative, the parent company of co-operative Xest, is an independent co-operative society founded in 1873, with over 3,000 employees, 70,000 members and over 150 outlets primarily in food retailing.
As a mutual business we believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. Co-operative Xest offer a discreet easy living range with no compromise on design and quality.
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