World Arthritis Day event to take place in Dubai

Arthritis and other RMDs affect a quarter of the population of the European Union. Take part in the World Arthritis Day event in Dubai to learn more and get support. (Getty Images)
Arthritis and other RMDs affect a quarter of the population of the European Union. Take part in the World Arthritis Day event in Dubai to learn more and get support. (Getty Images)

Make plans to attend the World Arthritis Day event, presented by the Middle East Arthritis Foundation. Events include keynote speakers, discussions with patients, yoga sessions and more, including hand scanning for arthritis and bone density scanning for osteoporosis.

According to the European League Against Rheumatism (Eular), in the industrialised world, rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) affect more individuals than any other disease group. RMDs affect men, women and children, and can be triggered by lifestyle factors, including smoking, excessive weight, and injury and overuse of joints and muscles.

The speakers at the event will include rheumatologists, a yogi, a life coach and a physiotherapist. Talks include the topics medications to treat arthritis, resetting your immune system, stretching for arthritis and back pain. Patients will speak about how their arthritis was diagnosed and treated. Before the lunch break there is a yoga session, and the day ends with fitness training.

World Arthritis Day is celebrated globally on October 12, and this year’s theme is “It’s in your hands, take action”. Patients with RMDs are encouraged to share their personal stories to help inspire and educate others. Visit www.worldarthritisday.org and use the hashtag #WADStory.

• October 7, 8.30am to 5pm, Shangri-La hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, register at 056 364 3215 or www.arthritis.ae/worldarthritisday

Published: September 28, 2016 04:00 AM

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