osteoporosis

Exercise can prevent osteoporosis – TOI NEWS

On the eve of World Osteoporosis Day, doctors pointed out at an alarming rise in the number of osteoporosis patients. Almost every other person over the age of 50 years is likely to suffer from osteoporosis, they said.

According to International Osteoporosis Foundation, one in three women and one in five men aged 50 years and over will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. Osteoporosis makes bones weak and fragile so much so that they can break even after a minor fall, a bump, a sneeze, or a sudden movement. Fractures caused by osteoporosis can be life-threatening and a major cause of pain and long-term disability.

“Old people may not be fit for surgery and therefore, suffer pain forever,“ said Dr Udai Prakash, director and specialist in joint replacement, Udai Omni Hospital for Advanced Orthopaedics and Trauma. Osteoporosis is however, preventable and starting early is helpful.“The best thing that can be done to prevent osteoporosis is to exercise regularly as it helps keep the bone strength intact. Adequate sun exposure and calcium rich foods can help prevent it,“ said Dr Rajkiran Dudam, consultant Rheumatologist, Star Hospitals. Read More

 

 

Launch of the Indian Spine Journal

 

Conceived and started by Dr.Raghav Dutt and published by Wolters Kluwer: the online open access version and the print version will be available world wide

The journal will not show case the work of the best of Spine Surgeons from India and will also publish the work of Spine Surgeons from across the Globe will be released 4 time a year

Spine of the matter: Tender bones turn brittle, kids suffer backache

Severe lower backache among school children is rising alarmingly in the city and in many cases the condition has worsened in students as young as 15-year-old. Ahead of the exam season, the number of children turning up at the doctors’ clinics have gone up, health experts said. Increasing incidents of obesity, long hours of inactivity, carrying heavy school bags and studying on laptops or notepads are the reasons behind the spike in cases, said experts.
Age-group of kids suffering from backache has dipped drastically and students as young as 10-year-old are doing rounds at spine specialists.
Doctors belonging to Association of Spine Surgeons of India say they are seeing at least 15-20 cases now, as compared to just 5-6 young patients about five years ago. But general physicians say the figures are more with at least 20 students landing at their chambers. “The cases of students complaining of back problems are increasing over the years and its time that parents look into the matter carefully,” said Dr Sukumar Sura, spine surgeon, Star hospitals.

The lower back pain is usually caused by damage to the disc. Often lack of exercise leads to severe degeneration of the disc, which causes the disc to come out of its place. This is turn causes compression to the nerve, leading to severe pain. “We are even witnessing students of Class 9 and 10 suffering with severe degeneration of the disc,” Sura said.
In one such case, a Class 4 student sought medical help after suffering from backache for months. The boy’s schedule included tuition classes’ for hours and no physical activity. The child’s parents had to be counselled to let him have some free time. Back pain among children is largely due to heavy school bags they carry, while high school students suffer with the problem due to exam stress.
“Not just Hyderabad, but the incidence is on the rise in other tier II cities across India, where there is lot of competition and students prepare for competitive exams. In fact the onset can be as early as Class 4 students and by the time they reach Class 9 or 10, the pain peaks and it continues into their youth. The situation is worse in students staying at hostels, where they study without any breaks,” explains Dr Raghav Dutt, President, Association of Spine Surgeons of India and consultant spine surgeon at Udai Omni Hospital.

Ref: Times Of India

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