Dubai Bone & Joint Center (DBAJ), a center for excellence in musclo-skeletal treatment organized an Open Day at its facility on Saturday 29th of October. Visitors were screened for bone health, blood sugar, blood pressure and body mass index. The day was organized to mark the World Osteoporosis Day and World Arthritis Day both of which fall in October and was aimed at generating awareness about bone and joint related conditions. Close to 200 visitors were screened and also received consultations with the specialists. Average age was upwards of 40 years and was drawn from both genders equally.
“Such initiatives are very welcome. They not only generate awareness but actually give us a chance to assess ourselves in a timely manner. Given the high health costs, preventive health always gets pushed to the background. Such events really go a long way to help us in maintaining ourselves,” said Andrea B, a mother of two who also works as a freelance artists and is a full time mother and homemaker. “The pressures of day to day living are high here. The family support is virtually non-existent as most of us are first generations residents, quality help is not so readily available and work pressures are tremendous. Personal health obviously gets relegated to a low fourth or fifth in the priority list. I am glad I came here today, met with the doctors and took advantage of this initiative.
“In line with our vision to give people with musculoskeletal disorders a chance to live a pain-free life, DBAJ is committed to raising awareness on issues pertinent to the overall health of the nation. The open day is a step in this direction as we tackle issues related to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other joint related issues which could be possible pre-cursors to chronic pain and reduced quality of life. We welcome everyone to come and participate in this community awareness event,” said Dr Jamal Al Saleh, Consultant Rheumatologist at DBAJ.
Recent reports on the arthritic status in Dubai have raised some serious alarm about the possible magnitude the condition may be gaining in the region. There are a substantial number of patients visiting primary healthcare centers for musculoskeletal conditions; infact it is estimated that between 10-15% fall in this category. Global studies, as well as national studies, suggest there is an urgency to generate awareness about joint problems as absence of knowledge about long term implications will delay patient treatment and subsequently have an adverse effect on the patient’s quality of life.
Dubai Healthcare City is home to over 90 healthcare facilities operating to the highest international standards. DBAJ is the only specialized, comprehensive center for all musculoskeletal diseases in the region, delivering the latest innovative and evidence-based medicine according to international protocols.
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Experts and family medicine specialists were available for brief consultations. Visitors underwent complimentary screenings for blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and bone health assessments at the day-long event which was open to everyone. The center welcomed visitors from across the emirates.