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Speakers discusss efficacy of joint replacement in healing arthritis

WALK for RELIEF: Orthopaedicians and arthritis-relieved persons at the ‘bone and joint walk' session in Tiruchi on Sunday. — Photo: R. Ashok
WALK for RELIEF: Orthopaedicians and arthritis-relieved persons at the ‘bone and joint walk' session in Tiruchi on Sunday. — Photo: R. Ashok

Arthritis affecting a joint such as knee and hips has been on the rise in the country. Most affected are those above 65 years of age and early treatment will go a long way in bringing about relief, observed speakers at a special free bone and joint camp organised by KMC and KMC Speciality Hospital in the city recently.

S, Manivannan, Joint Managing Director, KMC group of hospitals, spoke on the efficacy of joint replacement which healed the advanced arthritic joint.

He said that there was a strong case for creating awareness among the masses about the significance of joint replacement. He said that the United Nations, the World Health Organisation and 37 countries had proclaimed 2000-2010 as the ‘Bone and Joint Decade'.

S. Aravindan, Consultant orthopaedic surgeon, said that technological treatment such as keyhole treatment of joint problems with arthroscopy brought about a faster relief. He said that surgery brought about a better healing effect.

S. Chockalingam, Consultant orthopaedic surgeon, KMC and KMC Speciality Hospital, during a question hour session, said that patients who had undergone surgery regained the normal functioning of bones and joints.

These relieved persons motivated the other patients who suffered due to acute pain. About 500 patients were screened at the camp.

Earlier, a ‘bone and joint walk' session was held in which those relieved of the joint pain trekked for a while at the St. John's Vestry Anglo-Indian Higher secondary school grounds. Orthopaedic surgeons and physiotherapists also accompanied them.

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