Under the slogan “Arthritis,” the Physical and Occupational Therapy Center of the Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) celebrated World Physical Therapy Day, which falls on September 8 of each year. It aims at raising awareness and introducing physical therapy and its influential role in the lives of individuals and society.
Therefore, the Center prepared an “informative video” about stretching exercises targeting SCHS employees who work long hours. It also prepared an “informative video” that will be shown to employees of Sharjah institutions for the same purpose.
On Saturday, September 9, 2023, the Center at SCHS branch in Khorfakkan, organized a symposium in cooperation with the University of Sharjah and NMC ROYAL Hospital. It was entitled “Arthritis”. Mrs. Nouf Al Ali, Head of Physical and Occupational Therapy Center in SCHS, chaired the symposium. Professor Fatima Hegazy, Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Sharjah, and Dr. Nasiba Ghanem, Joint and Rheumatology Specialist at NMC ROYAL Hospital, were keynote speakers.
During the symposium, arthritis; the causes leading to the infection, its symptoms, how the disease affects the quality of life and treatment methods were introduced.
The role of physical therapy for people with arthritis was also discussed. The question are children with disabilities vulnerable to this disease was asked. The symposium discussed indicators for early detection of arthritis.
The Physical and Occupational Therapy Center began providing its services to children with disabilities in SCHS at the beginning of the eighties of the last century as part of the Institute of Intellectual Education (formerly) Al-Wafa School for Capacity Development (currently), while the Early Intervention Center began actual work in 1994.
The Center began its work independently in early September 1999 through the specializations of PT and OT. The Center for Physical and Occupational Therapy was licensed in 2020 by the UAE Ministry of Health and Community Protection.
The center receives all age groups and provides many services, including regular services such as: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Evaluation and Re-Evaluation Services. It also provides Supportive services such as: Therapeutic Swimming, Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Therapeutic Gym, Music Therapy, Salt Cave, Thermal Therapy, Group Therapy, Supervised Training, Family Support, Developmental Survey, Follow-Up, and Parent Training Services. In addition, SCHS provides Support Training in Classes, Training and Community Awareness Services such as: Training and Awareness Service for Staff Working in the Field, Training Service For University Students Specializing in PT, and Community Awareness Services.