Sports Injury Treatment is now a Game in India too

Indian Spinal Injuries centre now has largest solar heated Hydrotherapy pool

Sports Injury Treatment is now a Game in India too

New Delhi, January 24:  We have not only beaten South Africa in world Cup cricket; we have also moved ahead to be at par with SA in sports medicine. Delhi’s Indian Spinal Injuries Centre can now boast of world standard Sports Medicine and rightly so.

Talking to www.meditoall.com editor Dhananjay Kumar, Dr. H.S. Chhabra, Head, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, said, ‘Not long ago, sports persons would have to go to South Africa or other countries where sports medicine are of highest order. Not any more. Indian Spinal Injuries Centre has evolved into global sports medicine standard with state of art facilities at its command.’

Dr. Chhabra further said, ‘sports medicine is the need of the hour on both counts, either interest in games or sports is waning or waxing. If children are becoming ‘couch potatoes’ and do not go to play, they would be more prone to bone and joint injuries, more than even those who go to play.’

New feather in centre’s cap is India’s largest solar heated Hydrotherapy Pool, which is only one in Delhi. Dr. Chhabra says, ‘Physiotherapy has a very vital role to play in sports injury treatment. This pool has added much value to physiotherapy and is a must in Spots Medicine centre of world standard. While doing exercise in water, pull of gravity is eliminated and buoyancy is so handy. Exercises which are difficult to do outside become easy to do in water. Since water is heated, it augments circulation and also adds to the general well being of the patient.’

 ‘ISIC has a very rich faculty of doctors who have been trained in Arthroscopy and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine from some of the best institutes in India and abroad. We have a team of five consultants dedicated to only sports injuries. No other hospital has such a huge team to deal with only sports injuries in India,’ says Major. H.P.S. Ahluwalia, Chairman, ISIC.

Indian Spinal Injuries centre is now a Super Specialty Department of Arthroscopy and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. There is separate specialist for every joint and all facilities the world over are available. It is a seamless blending of specialist, physiotherapy and medicine. Team of 5 expert consultants is dedicated to only sports injuries. A Masters Course in Sports Physiotherapy also being offered at the Centre.

While Arthroscopic surgery (also known as the ‘key hole surgery’) involves a minimally invasive procedure  to diagnose and treat problems of joints with very high accuracy, Orthopaedic sports medicine is an allied branch of arthroscopic surgery which deals with the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries suffered during any type of sports.

The diagnosis and treatment of many types of sports injuries can be provided with the help of arthroscopic keyhole surgery and thus help in early rehabilitation of the sports person with a team work coordination between the surgeon, physiotherapist and the sports trainer.

Arthroscopic surgery is performed under local, spinal or general anesthesia depending on the joint involved and the procedure, thus being totally pain free. The surgery involves making key hole incisions around the joint involved and then introducing pencil sized lens which is attached to a high definition camera, fibre optic light source and HD TV monitor. With the help of these high quality ultra modern instruments the surgeon can clearly see all structures inside the joint by just making a keyhole. Depending on the problem seen inside the joint, the surgeon then makes other keyhole incisions around the joint to pass very fine sophisticated instruments into the joint to cure the problem. Thus the problem inside is treated with very high accuracy and success without even opening the joint.

‘Arthroscopic surgery offers the unique advantage of treating the joint problems using a keyhole method. So the patient is on his feet or is able to use his arm for routine activities from the very next day after most of the arthroscopic procedures,’ adds Dr. Maninder Shah Singh, Foot, Ankle & Small Joint specialist at ISIC.

Patients of all age group with complaints of pain, swelling, instability/ dislocations etc. in and around any joint can benefit from arthroscopic surgery. The lists of problems in different joints that can be cured/ relieved by arthroscopic surgery are as follows:

Knee: Ligament tears; meniscus tears, cartilage pathologies, synovitis, loose body removal, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and intra-articular fractures

Shoulder: instability / dislocations, rotator cuff tear, SLAP lesions, frozen shoulder, biceps tear, cartilage pathologies, synovitis, loose body removal, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, intra-articular fractures.

Ankle: impingement, ligament injuries, cartilage pathologies, synovitis, loose body removal, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, intra-articular fractures.

Elbow: instability, tennis elbow, stiff elbow, cartilage pathologies, synovitis, loose body removal, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, intra-articular fractures

Wrist: ganglion, carpal tunnel release, TFCC injuries, cartilage pathologies, synovitis, loose body removal, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, intra-articular fractures

Hip: impingement, cartilage pathologies,  synovitis, loose body removal, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis.

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