Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions are mainly thought of as affecting older members of the population, but thousands of young people are also living with these painful and debilitating conditions. Many of the types of musculoskeletal condition that affect young people are autoimmune diseases, meaning that the body’s own immune system, which normally protects us against harmful bacteria and other pathogens, starts attacking the body. This can lead to pain, swelling and damage to the joints, and make daily life a challenge

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The Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust’s #DesignforMSK project aims to raise awareness about these conditions, and develop simple design solutions to improve the lives of young people living with them. If you, or someone you know suffers from Arthritis, Lupus or another musculoskeletal condition, you can get involved by sharing pictures of your daily life on social media using #DesignforMSK. It might be something as simple as struggling with buttons if your hands are affected by the condition; you can post any image that shows the way it affects your life. These images will be used by art students at Manchester Metropolitan University to inspire new products that could make lives easier and more enjoyable.

We are also looking for a group of patients to work face-to-face with the designers to refine their ideas at a workshop being held at Ziferblat, Edge Street, Manchester on the 12th August. The workshop is open to anyone between the ages of 16-26 with a musculoskeletal condition. We can cover travel costs, refreshments will be provided, and you will be given a shopping voucher as a thank you for taking part. For more details or to sign up, please visit our Eventbrite page, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, or Facebook.


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