The course aimed to raise awareness of knee health, with doctors saying regular exercise can help keep them from long-term pain and improve physical function
It was a rare and incredible sight at DP World Kite Beach Fitness Village on Sunday as a special group of people took part in a fitness session this weekend. Over 200 knee surgery warriors attended a special fitness class held at the Etisalat By E& Main Stage.
Residents with mobility aids and crutches all made their way into the village to shed light on issues they had been facing for some time. While some residents were in the advanced stages of knee deterioration, others with a replaced knee attended the session to raise awareness of maximizing knee health as early as possible.
Emirati Mohammed Ali Abdullah, whose right knee was replaced a few months ago after it deteriorated, attended the session along with his daughter Mariam. “It was an amazing session. My father was very happy to take part and will continue with the exercises taught at the event,” said Mariam, who supported her father in attending the exercise.
There are no beaches and fitness facilities near her home, Mariam added, making this event even more special as she “helped out [her] Father understand and spread the importance of having strong knees. We are delighted to be part of this noble initiative.”
Fitness session attendees engaged in the Let’s Walk Again initiative led by Dr. Azam Khan, affectionately known by his colleagues as Dr. Knee and is currently working as a knee replacement surgeon at Prime Hospital. The initiative aims to raise awareness of knee osteoarthritis – a condition that affects a large proportion of the population of the United Arab Emirates.
Participants, ages 10 to 80, came together to demonstrate their commitment to the cause and demonstrate the positive role of regular physical activity in osteoarthritis in reducing pain and improving physical function.
dr Knee added that there are multiple awareness campaigns on various diseases and disorders, but few on knee health. “Knee health should be given a lot of importance [deteriorating knee health] can keep you paralyzed [just] from daily tasks. There is a treatment for it – but that should be the last option for any individual.”
“It doesn’t take much effort to take care of your knees,” he added. “Regular exercise can help you save them. This initiative aims to create awareness that knees do not deteriorate, which causes osteoarthritis or knee joint wear and tear.”
Another participant, 70-year-old British expat Leonard Eric, attended the session along with his wife. “I had my knee replaced a few years ago and it was a really tough time for me. I’m here to raise awareness about the disease and to convince people of the importance of preserving their naturally gifted knees,” said Eric.
“It was an enlightening session for me and my wife. I challenge young people to stay physically active [and] save her knees [before old age]and to spread the message of knee health, which is given no importance in today’s world.”
dr Knee has raised awareness of knee health around the world and has provided free surgeries to patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis in many countries. He has also taken a patient to Everest Base Camp and climbed Kilimanjaro to promote the importance of knee health.