Monday, March 24, 2014

March 22nd was the Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day

We closed off with Professor Asgar Kalla - Head of the Rheumatology Department at UCT’s Department of Medicine. We were speaking about managing Rheumatoid Arthritis. On Saturday March 22nd was the Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition characterized by inflammation of the peripheral joints of the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees and feet, usually on both sides of the body, potentially resulting in damage. Damage is caused by persistent inflammation of the synovium, the membrane lining the joint, with subsequent damage of the cartilage, bone erosion and joint deformities.  It is reported that about one per cent of the population is affected, by Rheumatoid Arthritis although in South Africa there are no accurate prevalence figures. Women are affected about two to three times more often than men. The incidence increases with age difference. Rheumatoid arthritis is seen around the world and all races are affected. For more information about Rheumatoid arthritis you can contact the South African Rheumatism and Arthritis Association on (011) 782 1984 or visit www.saraa.co.za alternatively visit www.arthritis.co.za

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