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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Case of Mrs SP
11 implants made Sachi walk pain free after 34 years of struggle: Smallest implants were imported from abroad
For 48 years old Sachi’s life was never pain free. A sports enthusiast- Sachi was always ahead in participating in all gymnastic activities in her school. One day while forming a Pyramid which is a type of gymnastic formation, she jumped and fell on her knees. Her knees became stiff and her movement became limited. She was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital and over a series of diagnostic tests it was found that she suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).
In Sachi’s case, RA had affected both her knees and hip joints leading to restricted movement. Her lower body had become completely stiff. She felt an excruciating pain at every step that she took. Despite being restricted to the bed for almost 3 years, she was determined to rule her life and in 1991, she started a play school in Allahabad. Due to unavailability of the right treatment, Sachi had to take heavy dosage of pain killers to manage her new venture. She went to Kolkata in search of the right treatment, but all in vain.
In 2012, she approached Dr SKS Marya at Max Hospital, Saket. He informed her about unique knee joints implant. While normally 2.5 Size Implants are used the most, in Sachi’s case Dr Marya imported the smallest implant available for joint reconstruction – Size 1 implant. The implants were especially sourced from abroad for Sachi and in July 2013 she underwent the first implant surgery in the hip joints. The left and right knees were operated in Dec 2013 and Feb 2014, respectively.
Today, Sachi leads a pain free life. She is delighted to see herself walking on her feet and recalls the days when even getting up from the chair and standing for few seconds would cause shocking pain in her entire body. She is grateful to new technology and the medical team for giving her an opportunity to gift herself a life that she always dreamt of.
Case of Mrs RD
58 years old Rita Dadlani is today a Freelance Educationist and is leading a happy, healthy life. But this was not the case 5 years back when she was a Headmistress at a school. While attending a school function, she fell down and injured her knee wherein her meniscus (knee cartilage) got torn. She had undergone Arthroscopy (Key Hole Surgery) to treat the knee injury but the pain hadn’t subsided. Like any orthopaedic patient, she was keen on going for physiotherapy post-surgery, but her consulting doctor always advised against it and guided her not to go for it. Consequently her left knee had given up and had degenerated to an extent that knee replacement was the only solution. Rita approached Dr SKS Marya at Max Hospital, Saket. After going through her reports and X-rays, Dr Marya suggested her to undergo left knee replacement. In February 2015, Rita underwent knee replacement surgery at Max Hospital, Saket. It was indeed a life changing surgery for Rita, and post-surgery there was no looking back. She started physiotherapy on the same day of the surgery. The very next day, she had started walking with support. It has been 2 months since her surgery and Rita is already cycling and walking normally without any stick/support.