In support of rheumatoid arthritis education, the first World Arthritis Day one kilometer walkathon and awareness event was held at the University of Sharjah. Arthritis patients, rheumatologists, and students joined together to make their voices heard for the disease that affects nearly 400,000 in the UAE alone.
Several different topics were discussed including treatment of rheumatoid arthritis by Dr. Ayman Mofti, seronegative arthritis by Dr. Ghalib Al Ani, use of acupuncture in arthritis pain by Dr. Ebtisam Kotkat, physiotherapy by Dr. Nadia Karim, and investigating rheumatology patients by Dr. Waleed Al Shehhi.
“Arthritis is a serious disease that can affect mobility in the hands and wrists and more severely can damage joints permanently,” said Dr. Waleed Al Shehhi, Consultant Rheumatologist at Dr. Sulaiman Habib Medical Center. “We come together at this event to encourage people to get checked, especially if they are suffering from early symptoms of RA.”
It is imperative that patients visit a rheumatologist for the most suitable treatment for each case. “My aim is to enrich arthritis patients with the knowledge that treatments are available, and if detected at an early stage- symptoms may stop progressing,” Dr. Waleed Al Shehhi added.
“We want to also bring to light how a patient’s quality of life is overlooked,” said Waheeda Abdul Aziz, Head of the Friends of Arthritis Patients Society in Sharjah. “We hope to enhance people’s understanding that RA is not only physically painful, but is emotionally stressful too. Our organization offers support and relief to patients through advanced treatment equipment and facilities,” added Waheeda Abdul Aziz.
RA is a chronic inflammatory disorder that most commonly begins in the smaller joints in the fingers, hands and wrists, causing inflammation, joint pain, stiffness, and swelling.
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