To mark the World Arthritis Day 2018, Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, Dubai (BHAS) hosted its #ArthritisNoMore campaign at the hospital and invited its post joint replacement patients to witness a short program featuring arthritis, joint replacement and how lives were restored in order to raise awareness of musculoskeletal diseases and encourage physical activity among people in the community.

In its continuous efforts to inspire and educate, the hospital also invited its guest patients to visit its in-patients and physiotherapy patients to offer encouragement and support. Physiotherapy exercise demos was conducted for patients on how to effectively follow an exercise routine followed by lunch and games.

All month of October, BHAS will also provide its visitors with complimentary bone density and Vitamin D tests as well as foot and ankle consultation by Dr. KP Meda, Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon, Specialized in Foot and Ankle surgery. Additionally, for Rashid Centre for Disabled, Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, Dubai (BHAS) will provide free orthopedic checkups for all cerebral palsy patients in order to guide parents on the medical therapy options they can seek in order to further treat their child.

“To commemorate World Arthritis day and bone health this month of October, we are celebrating people who suffered, endured and conquered their diseases in spite of everything and moved forward positively. Orthopaedics has given them great hope and granted them the ability to practice their normal lives again. We are honoring those people who never gave up and surrendered to the disease. At Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, Dubai (BHAS) we believe that life goes on and hope is always there.” said Dr. Samih Tarabichi, Director General - Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, Dubai (BHAS).

Mr. Darwish Ahmed, guest patient from Sharjah said, “I had a knee problem and I went to a hospital for treatment. They told me I needed surgery. I then travelled to Thailand and underwent an X-ray examination. They also told me that I needed surgery. I decided to go back to the UAE, and I heard about Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, Dubai and the doctors' efficiency there, so I trusted God and his intention and received treatment by Dr. Tarabichi. Frankly I found the best treatment and great support from doctors, nurses and the whole team. They would welcome you with a smile and make you feel at home. I underwent surgery, and they used the latest equipment. I am currently doing physiotherapy and I can now walk for 20 minutes, up to half an hour and sometimes three kilometers. Patients come to Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, Dubai from all around the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the GCC and pride themselves on the level of treatment they receive. I am thankful to the team and wish them success in restoring lives.”

With arthritis affecting millions of people worldwide and one in five people in the UAE, it is imperative that preventative measures are taken to improve the quality of life for people with the musculoskeletal disease. Numbers from the Gulf region suggest that the prevalence is 20% of the population, according to MEAF. Moreover, the number of people aged over 50 years is expected to double by 2020 and the burden of musculoskeletal diseases is also expected to rise. These conditions are a leading cause of absence from work, and account for 20% of health utilization costs.

The chronic disease does not only occur in the elderly, children and teenagers are also susceptible, with the most severe forms occurring mostly in younger people, and the average age of onset between 40 and 60 years. It is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older.


Source: Alisa PR