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More than 40 % of Kenyan patients suffer with symptoms of Arthritis before being seen by a rheumatologist 50% of Kenyans take time off from work due to rheumatoid arthritis

Source: Genga EK et al. Audit on the management of early rheumatoid arthritis in Nairobi. Afr J Rheumatol 2020; Vol 8(1): 22-25.

 

Majority of the studies in Africa found that it took the patients about 3-4 years before the diagnosis of gout was made 

Research has found that emergence of gout in Africa is driven by

  • Adoption of Western lifestyle in the African continent
  • rising numbers of obesity, hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia and chronic kidney disease 

Gout is more than joints, it’s can cause death through

  • heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Kidney disease

Get checked for Gout today

Source: Genga EK et al. Defining gout and hyperuricemia in sub-Saharan Africa: a review. Afr J Rheumatol 2019; 7(1);11-13

Do you have back pain?

Source: Verywellhealth

What are the red flags that require urgent review by the rheumatologist?

  • Night pain and weight loss
  • Back pain with fever, chills and sweats
  • Acute bony tenderness
  • Morning stiffness of >30 minutes in a young adult (below 45 years)
  • Back pain associated with Bladder / bowel dysfunction
  • Neurological symptoms- numbness, burning sensation, pins and needles over legs
  • Age <20 and >50 years of age

 

Are there exercises I can do for my painful back?

This should only done with advise and consultation with your doctor and physiotherapist

Source: arthritisresearchUK

 

I have neck pain, are there some exercises I can do to ease the pain…

My knee hurts, can I do some exercises to ease the pain…

Source: arthritisReseasrchUK

I am an active athlete and exercise regularly, how can I reduce muscle and joint soreness

  1. Proper stretching before and after exercise
  2. Warm the body before starting exercise
  3. Adequate hydration with water, isotonic sports drinks

 

 

 

 

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