Author: Rapheth Gilbert
Rapheth Gilbert is a Physical Therapist and head of Rehabilitation programs at Healthylife & Rehab. He is passionate about innovation and collaboration in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, and is committed to empowering people for effective living and optimal function in their communities.
The 2017 Global Burden of Disease study shows that disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) caused by lifestyle diseases in Africa is almost equivalent to the combined DALYs from communicable, maternal, neonatal, and nutritional (CMNN) conditions, and is projected to exceed deaths due to these conditions by 2030.
Damage to the joints from disease or injury can interfere with movement and cause a lot of pain. Pain in the joints, also called arthralgia, can limit an individual from functioning and participating in meaningful activities thus affecting one’s quality of life.
Physical and rehabilitation medicine plays important roles across different levels of healthcare systems, from prevention, promotion, treatment and support to rehabilitation. It improves the quality of lives of people living with various forms of disabling conditions. Provision of these services is effective in reducing the burden of disability, thus enhancing opportunities for everyone.