Posted on: Tuesday 30 October, 2012 2:22
|Abu Dhabi to discuss ‘joint pain’ with UK medical experts
Dr. Omar Naseeb Al Jabri
Ambulatory Healthcare Services and British Medical Journal organise Musculoskeletal Medicine Masterclass in UAE capital - MSD costs UK employers 11.6 million working days a year
The Abu Dhabi Ambulatory Healthcare Services has formed a strategic alliance with the British Medical Journal (BMJ) to organise a one-day conference that will address specific issues relating to Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs).
Risk factors can be found in virtually every workplace from construction sites to offices and currently MSDs cost UK employers 11.6 million working days a year in lost production.
“Musculoskeletal issues are very common but least covered during our professional development. For that reason, we wanted to make our staff aware of this important topic. High quality training and professional development for all of our staff, is a key strategy aim of the AHS. Partnering with a renowned medical organisation like the BMJ, will help the AHS achieve its objectives,” said Dr. Omar Naseeb Al Jabri, Chief Medical Officer, Operations Division, AHS.
The term MSD covers any injury, damage or disorder of the joints or other tissues in the upper/lower limbs or the back. The masterclass, which will take place on Saturday 24 November at the Beach Rotana in Abu Dhabi, has attracted three UK experts.
Dr. Elspeth Wise, who was recently awarded an MD for research focused on GP registrars’ musculoskeletal education, will chair the event and address the issue of shoulder pain.
Professor Martin Underwood, who is head of the division of health services at Warwick Medical School who’s research interest in community management of chronic musculoskeletal disorders, will present a session about back and neck pain featuring ‘what not to miss’.
Dr Richard Smith, who is a consultant in rheumatology and musculoskeletal medicine at Salisbury Hospital and a tutor at the British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine, will discuss the management of patients with hip and knee pain.
“The key messages that will be communicated at the masterclass will be how to clinically examine, diagnose and treat, including exercise tips and lifestyle changes. Also how to prevent or minimise the debilitating effects of MSD, highlighting the fact that preventative measures are cost-effective and the benefits of recognising typical symptoms early,” remarked Dr Christine Bowen, BMJ Masterclass
The term Upper Limb Disorder (ULD) includes the condition known as "repetitive strain injury" (RSI), which continues to attract a great deal of media attention. Generally ULD refers to disorders of the hand, wrist, arm, shoulder and neck. It covers those conditions, with specific medical diagnoses, where there is pain without specific symptoms.
Lower Limb Disorder (LLD) is used as a generic term for a range of disorders of the hips, legs, knees, ankles and feet. It covers those conditions with specific medical diagnoses, for example Osteoarthritis of the knee and hip, and other conditions where there is pain without specific symptoms.
About 20% of all work-related musculoskeletal disorders affect the lower limbs. In 2009/10 an estimated 94,000 people in Great Britain who had worked in the past year suffered from an LLD caused or made worse by their work. It is estimated that these workers took an average of 25 days off work.
One piece of research suggested that 50% of cases of surgically treated knee Osteoarthritis and 30% of surgically treated hip Osteoarthritis were related to occupational factors.
Back pain is another common ailment that is often classed as a form of MSD.