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Max Healthcare launches Max Institute of Musculoskeletal Sciences



In line with the motto of ‘Care for Life’, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket- one of the leading healthcare providers of North India, has launched a specialized institute for all musculoskeletal problems – Max Institute of Musculoskeletal Sciences (MIMS). The institute aims to identify, resolve and provide world-class expertise for all muscular and skeletal issues under one roof. The Institute will comprise of 70 beds and will provide dedicated end to end medical services for all musculoskeletal problems of people ranging from minor pains or injuries to the extremities impacting regular movement.  MIMS will also undertake research in musculoskeletal disorders and will promote disease prevention through evidence-based interventions.

60 years ” class=”CToWUd a6T” tabindex=”0″ style=”cursor: pointer; outline: 0px;”>Speaking on the occasion, Dr. S.K.S Marya, Chairman and Chief Surgeon–Max Institute of Musculoskeletal Sciences said – “It takes 200 bones and 60 muscles for the human body to take one single step. It is crucial to ensure minimal wear and tear of each of these muscles and bones. For any nation to progress, it is important for its citizens to attain optimum bone health. Weak bones have the potential to create irreversible damage to an individual’s professional and personal output. Unfortunately, musculoskeletal diseases have become a global epidemic which is affecting demographics across all age groups. In India, the most worrying issue is the patient’s attitude towards musculoskeletal problems. By 2040 India would have 274% more people in the age group of 64 and above and hence the requirement for joint reconstructions would also be higher. They usually come at a debilitating stage and try to postpone a joint reconstruction to the last stage possible. As compared to 2013, we witnessed an increase of approximately 25% in the number of patients reporting with musculoskeletal problems in 2014 and expect a further increase of approximately another 25% in 2015 as well. The need of the hour is to identify the factors responsible and create strategies at state and national level to address them. With the launch of Max Institute of Musculoskeletal Sciences, we aim to work in unison to advocate optimum bone health in the nation’s population and offer the best expertise and high-end technologies to provide A-Z healthcare solutions for all kinds of bone, muscle and joint problems”.

Max Institute of Musculoskeletal Sciences will take on research on musculoskeletal issues aimed at developing quality economical Indian solutions. The Institute will provide training and teaching of doctors, nursing and physiotherapy staff. The Institute also aims to collaborate with renowned international institutions.

Bone and joint diseases are the most common cause of physical disability in the world, especially in the developing countries, as about 10% of the population have a bone and joint problem. Joint pain and knee problems are most common amongst Indians. At least 70% of the problems are related to the knees and 20-30% to hip problems. These diseases affect all age groups — from the newborn to the very elderly. They comprise of all forms of diseases — birth defects, nutritional problems, growth disorders, accidents and trauma, arthritis, infections and tumours. However, in most cases, patients prefer to bear the pain rather than undergoing a surgery. In The United States of America (U.S.A), despite having comparatively smaller population, 250000 joint replacements are performed in a year there. At present, total joint replacements conducted in India is 1,00,000 where as there is a need for 10,00,000.

A study published by The Lancet identified musculoskeletal disorders as the second greatest cause of disability globally. The study also reported a 45% increase in YLDs (years lived with disability) from musculoskeletal conditions between 1990 and 2010 driven largely by population growth and ageing.  This highlights the important implications for health systems globally and the need to develop effective and affordable strategies to respond to this burden. MIMS is established in response to this burgeoning burden of musculoskeletal disorders in India and aims to address the need for generating awareness about some common ailments which should be rectified at the early stages.


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