The Middle East Arthritis Foundation will launch its first support group for those suffering from Ankylosing Spondylitis in the UAE. Scheduled to take place on Saturday, 17th December in Dubai at the JW Marriott, Marquis, Business Bay, the meeting aims to help affected patients and their families to cope with the disease, and to create awareness to aid early diagnosis.
Headed up by Specialist Rheumatologist, Dr. Ghita Harifi, the group will provide a platform for support, medical advice and treatments, and education of various elements associated with Ankylosing Spondylitis. The disease is the most common form of Spondyloarthropathy – an umbrella term for inflammatory diseases that involve mainly the spine. It often has some particularities that make it difficult to diagnose, making it trickier to manage effectively.
Following the first support group meeting, regular group sessions that involve physiotherapy and exercises specific for Spondyloarthropathy will be held. Dr. Harifi adds, “The importance of exercise for the management of the disease cannot be overemphasized. Movement can help relieve pain and stiffness unless you are in the midst of a flare. Studies have shown that supervised and group exercise are more effective than exercising at home.”
Date: Saturday, 17th December 2016
Time: 10am – 12pm
Venue: JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay
Cost: Free of charge
How to register: Call 056 364 3215 or contact Middle East Arthritis Foundation via direct message on Facebook