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Almost 90% of Bexley residents don't know how to look after joints - health campaign

PUBLISHED: 09:31 14 February 2014 | UPDATED: 09:34 14 February 2014

Almost 90 per cent of Bexley residents say they have never had medical advice on looking after their joints and bones, according to a campaign survey.

Research by BMI Healthcare at The Sloane Hospital, in Beckenham, and Chelsfield Park Hospital, in Orpington, found that 87pc of people knew someone who had to undergo a hip or knee replacement after suffering reduced mobility or pain.

More than half of those surveyed had a relative with osteoporosis and 72pc with arthritis.

BMI is running a campaign called Active for Life to raise awareness and encourage people to keep flexible and active.

It is being backed by Bexley-born former Olympian Steve Backley, who had to have a hip replacement in his 30s.

He said he was supporting the campaign to “help more people lead an active life to reduce their risk of needing joint replacement surgery as they age”.

The number of hip and knee replacements being performed in the UK are on the rise, mainly caused by osteoarthritis.

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Max Edwards said: “While it is not always possible to prevent osteoarthritis you can take steps to help minimise your risk of developing it by staying healthy, looking after your weight, avoiding injury and keeping your joints and bones as healthy as possible.”

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