Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) will mark World Arthritis Day 2016 with a range of activities across its hospitals focused on prevention and treatment of the condition.

With more than 350 million people living with arthritis worldwide, World Arthritis Day is celebrated on 12 October each year. The theme for 2016 is – ‘The Future is in your Hands – Protect Your Joints.’

Arthritis is not a single disease rather a way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes and races can and do have arthritis.

Dr Samar Al Emadi, Chief of the rheumatology Department at Hamad General Hospital said HMC’s events will run from 9 to 12 October 2016 and will be open to patients, visitors and staff.

She said:

Information booths will operate in the main lobbies of Hamad General Hospital (HGH), Al Wakra Hospital (AWH), Al Khor Hospital and Qatar University from 8am to noon daily. The booths are staffed with rheumatology physicians from HMC as well as volunteers from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar and Qatar University.’

Dr Abdul Wahab Al Alaf, Senior Consultant in Rheumatology at Hamad General Hospital said the events include screenings of short, educational videos about arthritis. Patients and visitors will also be able to speak to experts about the symptoms, diagnosis and management of the condition.

Dr Al Alaf said his team of specialists at Hamad General Hospital see more than 100 patients each day living with arthritis and its symptoms.

He said:

Symptoms of arthritis include pain and the limited function of joints. Inflammation of the joints from arthritis is characterised by joint stiffness, swelling, redness and warmth in the area. Tenderness of the inflamed joint can also be present. Early detection and action is important to managing the disease and living an active life.’

Dr Bassam Awad, Senior Consultant in Rheumatology at Hamad General Hospital said arthritis symptoms may come and go and stressed the importance of early detection.

They can be mild, moderate or severe. They may stay about the same for years, but may progress or get worse over time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs.’

For more information, visit hamad.qa.

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