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Arthroscopy and sports injury clinic inaugurated

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Useful facility: Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare V.K.Subburaj (left) and Principal Secretary, Sports and Youth Welfare R.Christodas Gandhi at the Arthroscopy and Sports Injury Clinic in GRH on Monday.
Useful facility: Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare V.K.Subburaj (left) and Principal Secretary, Sports and Youth Welfare R.Christodas Gandhi at the Arthroscopy and Sports Injury Clinic in GRH on Monday.

Staff Reporter

For first time in south at Government Royapettah Hospital

CHENNAI: An Arthroscopy and Sports Injury Clinic at Government Royapettah Hospital (GRH) in the city was inaugurated on Monday. It is the third such government facility in the country and first in south India.

The Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi and King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai are the other institutions having such a facility.

Inaugurating the clinic, to treat those with sports injuries, and a five-day awareness programme on sports injury and treatment, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, V.K.Subburaj, said physiotherapy equipment to facilitate quicker rehabilitation of the patients would be available at the clinic. The sports injury clinic would be in addition to the hospital’s orthopaedic clinic, where such patients were being treated now.

Sports surgery equipment ‘Shaver’ that would suck the shreds of the torn ligament and provide a clear view of the injury was also inaugurated by Mr.Subburaj. Noting that the clinic would offer cost-effective treatment, he said treatment of orthopaedic injuries cost a minimum of Rs.1 lakh in private institutions.

Pointing out that GRH treated cancer and diabetes patients and of late cases of acid poisoning he said there was a proposal to turn the hospital into a centre for non communicable diseases. About Rs.11 crore has been sanctioned recently towards the project.

G. Leonard Ponraj, medical officer in-charge of the Sports Injury Clinic said 150 patients have been treated over the past five years for sports injuries through arthroscopy. The minimally invasive surgery would have hamstring (tendon behind the knee) used to replace the torn ligament. He appealed to the government to introduce a short-term training programme for physiotherapists in treating sports injuries at the YMCA College of Physical Education, Nandanam.

GRH superintendent K. Rajendran said specialists in sports medicine, sports physiotherapy and sports psychology would address the awareness programme being held in collaboration with the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu.

Principal Secretary, Sports and Youth Welfare R.Christodas Gandhi and Director of Medical Education S.Vinayagam participated.

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