Mangaluru, August 24: KMC Hospitals, part of Manipal Health Enterprises-South India’s largest healthcare chain, exemplifies Arthritis treatment. KMC Hospitals has been treating Arthritis conditions for a long period of time and has expertise of treating it both surgically and non-surgically. Under the able leadership of Dr Yogeesh D Kamat, a Specialist Orthopedic Consultant in Joint Injury and Joint Replacement at KMC Hospitals, a host of joint replacement surgeries have been carried out with a recurrent rate of success.
Joint pains are one of the most commonly heard complaints and yet one of the most commonly neglected conditions. The reason for the increase in prevalence of joint pains can largely be attributed to drastic modifications in lifestyle and diet that are a part and parcel of modernization. Joint problems especially through injuries may not be avoidable.
Cartilage and ligament injuries need not happen only in people who pursue sporting activities. Even though these injuries are referred to as ‘Sports Injuries’, all of us – common citizens – are susceptible to slips, twists and falls walking on irregular surfaces.
“Current statistics in India show relatively very low rates of ligament and cartilage repair. This is largely due to the fact that patients spend a lot of time before appropriate advice is received. Cultural phobia to surgery ends up making joint damage worse in the long run, as timely surgery in such cases is intended to prevent joint damage,” said Dr Anand Venugopal, Medical superintendent, KMC Hospital.
“There are a number of commercially available splints which are used for an extended period and end up worsening the injury. Rehab and exercises are not given adequate importance. Lost cartilage does not regenerate and leads to loss of shock absorption in the joints thereby leading to arthritis. If there is proper awareness and use of all techniques of cartilage and joint preservation, we can prevent our population from developing early arthritis,” says Dr Yogeesh D Kamat (MB, MS, DNB, MD Res, FRCS Orth UK). Dr Kamat has immigrated to Mangaluru recently and practices exclusively in Hip and Knee joint problems.
Below mentioned are few of the cases that cover the girth of this medical domain that KMC Hospitals has chartered its brilliance on.
1. Bala Shetty, Khan 10 Level (Red Mongkol) Thai martial artist: He has represented India and won 7 National Muay Thai Titles and 3 Bronze medals in Muay Thai Championships at Asian Games. Things didn’t seem to go well when he sustained heavy injury to his knee. That’s when he heard of Dr Yogeesh Kamat, Hip and Knee specialist surgeon from KMC Hospital, Mangaluru who has been known to practice modern techniques. Bala has undergone ligament reconstruction with PRP treatment and is now back in Mumbai, on his way to recovery.
2. Aditya Naik, Pharmacy student at Mangaluru, represented Karnataka state in football: He led his team to many successful wins but was unable to return to his game following a knee injury. There was a further twisting insult to his knee recently, following which the knee locked, i.e. he was unable to straighten it. He underwent Arthroscopic repair of cartilage along with ligament reconstruction. Aditya’s case is typical of how somebody with a ligament injury that renders the knee unstable is prone to further onslaught that makes for permanent damage. Fortunately, his cartilage tear was repairable. If not, excision of meniscus cartilage would lead to higher impact and development of arthritis at a young age.
3. Akshatha Manel, housewife: After having been advised a knee replacement surgery, Akshatha had a small keyhole surgery and walked back home the next day. In her case, the intervention helped her gain confidence and build-up muscle strength enough to beat the vicious pain cycle and thereby to delay replacement surgery until the apt age or severity of arthritis.
Though the above cases are examples of operations, most joint injuries can be very well managed by appropriate institution of exercise after a thorough evaluation and diagnosis. Modification rather than avoidance of particular day-to-day activity helps with simple measures that go a long way in both preventing and curing someone from developing serious joint related health issues.
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