BUJUMBURA, September 28th (ABP) – The professional Physiotherapy center (CP KINE) celebrated on Tuesday September 26, 2023 in Bujumbura, the World Physiotherapy Day, celebrated on September 8 each year and took advantage of the opportunity to celebrate four years of serving the community.
The day’s activities focused on the management of arthritis which is chosen as the theme of World Physiotherapy Day, 2023 edition.
Indeed, CP KINE has been a center specializing in physical medicine and functional rehabilitation since March 14, 2019. It deals with the prevention and management of musculoskeletal disorders and disability. Its mission is to offer quality care to patients in functional rehabilitation, medical monitoring and thus contribute to the development of the person for better professional and socioeconomic reintegration.
In his speech, the director of the center, Mr. Déo Ndayishimiye, indicated that physiotherapists are present and mobilized every day to treat numerous pathologies with a view to preventing loss of autonomy and actively participate in preserving the health of fellow citizens.
He also reported that the treatment of arthritis disease does not cure the different forms of this disease, rather, their drug management aimed at relieving patients by reducing the symptoms, as well as trying to control the inflammation to prevent the occurrence of irreversible joint damage.
In her presentation, Mrs. Amandine Ntimpirangeza clarified that arthritis (amakonyera in Kirundi) is a term grouping together pathologies characterized by inflammation of the joints and other parts of the body, the causes of which are inflammation of the joints due to injury, infection, autoimmune disease and damaged cartilage.
She added that this disease affects people of all ages and physical conditions. Its symptoms include joint pain, stiffness, swelling, heat and redness in the affected joint and weakness and loss of muscle mass. This disease also presents symptoms unrelated to the joint such as widespread pain, extreme fatigue, itching, fever and weight loss, she noted.
According to Mrs. Ntimpirangeza, the treatment of that disease must be multidisciplinary with an integrated intervention by a team made up of a Rheumatologist, an orthopedic surgeon, a Physiotherapist, a Psychologist and social workers.
In turn, Dr. Angélique Niyokindi announced the objectives of the treatment of inflammatory arthritis. This involves controlling disease activity and if possible inducing remission, reducing pain, preventing and controlling joint destruction, preventing loss of functions in daily activities and at work as well as optimizing quality of life. .
She stressed that rehabilitation by physiotherapy for that disease aims to slow down the disability, to avoid stiffness and above all to provide considerable help to patients.
Concerning the achievements of the professional physiotherapy center, Mr. Ndayishimiye highlighted the care of patients and the creation of new services to meet the needs in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Specifically, the director of the said center cited the creation of the speech therapy service, training on ergonomic well-being in the workplace, training of CP KINE staff and midwives grouped in an APSR association on perineal physiotherapy and emotional first aid, the implementation of a loyalty card to facilitate accessibility of patient care.
Mr. Ndayishimiye also revealed that CP.KINE has created a mother-child home department which specifically deals with the care of children with congenital or acquired malformations and which helps women before and after childbirth through pre and postnatal physiotherapy as well as women with urogynecological complications.