Friday, 9 April 2010

Sports injury center inaugurated in Delhi

A spanking new sports injury centre with integrated medical facilities has been setup adjacent to the Safdarjung Hospital, one of four designated referral hospitals for the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

After the October Games, the one of its kind government facility will not only cater to sportspersons but also provide otherwise expensive treatment to common people at subsidised rates.

‘Our hospital is preparing to dedicate the first fully integrated Sports Injury Centre to the nation. Once complete, it will be the largest such medical outfit in Southeast Asia catering to the specific needs of sportspersons,’ Deepak Chaudhary, the centre’s director and the hospital’s leading arthoscopic surgeon.

The seven-storey building will be a one-point solution for any sports injury with its advanced diagnostic centre, radiology wing, physiotherapy unit, advanced surgical equipment, rehabilitation and post-operative care as well as a capacity of 50 beds.

The total cost of the project is estimated at Rs.70.72 crore (Rs.707 million) and the hospital is recruiting a staff of 187 people, including specialised orthopaedic doctors, a senior official in the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee’s medical department told.

‘The facility is likely to be ready by June-end and will be a legacy for the country. In August, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) medical commission will visit the centre. They are satisfied with our arrangements so far,’ Jiji Thomson, special director general of the Organising Committee.

The CGF delegation has already visited the other three designated hospitals – the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and the G.B. Pant Hospital – which will cater to a cluster of stadia or Games venues in a fixed geographic radius.

According to P.S.M. Chandran, a sports medicine expert involved in the project, the centre is a ‘boon’ for a large number of Indian sportspersons who cannot afford to travel abroad for treatment.

‘It is a positive contribution for this sector. Firstly, it is a government hospital and hence the treatment is cheaper than in private hospitals. Also, the doctors working for this wing will also be leading doctors practising elsewhere. So the large number of players who hail from rural or less fortunate socio-economic backgrounds can benefit. ‘

Chandran, who is with the Sports Authority of India, clarified that the Safdarjung Sports Injury Centre was not a standalone centre and was part of the Safdarjung Hospital’s orthopaedics facilities.

‘During the Games, it will treat players only but after that it will treat sports injuries but not that alone. There may not be enough workload to treat only sports injuries. Once reputation builds up, cases may get referred from all over the country but again that won’t be just of sportspersons,’ Chandran added.

Usually injury cases, specially in contact sports, are referred for treatment abroad.

‘Unfortunately in our country integrated and related facilities for management of sports injuries under one roof are virtually non-existent. Now with the coming of our centre, injured players need not limp around to foreign countries for treatment,’ Chaudhary said.

Indian sportsmen also agree that the centre would be a ‘boon’ for them.

Wrestler Sushil Kumar, who has won the Olympic bronze medal: ‘In India, we don’t have care units for sports injuries. It is good that we will have a centre in Delhi.

‘For sports injuries, we usually go to South Africa or Australia and that’s a costly affair – something that all sportpersons can’t afford. This will be a boon for all Indian sportspersons.’

Another Olympic bronze winner boxer Vijender Singh says in his sport the chances of injuries are high and hence a treatment facility on home turf has added advantages.

‘The chances of injuries in body contact sports like boxing and wrestling are more. So it is good if we are able to avail ourselves of specialised treatment right here’.

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Arthroscopy & Joint Replacement said...

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We examined both surgical and non-surgical treatments available for younger patients with knee arthritis, to determine the best action for patients who want to continue to participate in demanding sports. More active patients require more flexible treatment programs to allow them to remain as active as they would like.
There is an increasing trend with the people who want to stay active in sports and recreational activities after the age of 40. These patients are not concerned with being told to stop what they love doing. As a result, orthopaedic surgeons and physicians need to come up with different strategies including non-operative treatments or even cartilage restoration procedures, to address pain and functionality, and to help keep patients as active as possible.
In most cases, non-operative management such as bracing, viscosupplementation(injection of hyaluronic acid), activity modification or anti-inflammatory medication might be used initially, to see if the symptoms resolve or if there is enough improvement to make surgery unnecessary.
The onset of arthritis is a slow, degenerative process and therefore there is rarely a need to rush to surgery. Depending on the symptoms, many patients can be managed well with non-operative treatment strategies, whereas others truly benefit from surgical procedures. It is important to tailor treatment to the symptoms and activity level for each patient.
Although alternative treatments like acupuncture, glucosamine and chondroitin may be incorporated into an overall treatment plan, but currently there is no strong clinical evidence supporting the efficacy of these alternative-types of treatment.
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• Take control of your situation—understand the disease process and symptoms and learn about different treatment options.
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Dr Manish said...

Great efforts -Congratulations

I wish very soon sports medicine courses like in patiala(MCI Recognized) will be started in New Delhi also.

Dr Manish Parihar MD Physiology
Senior Demonstrator SMS Medical College Jaipur
Life Member Indian Federation of Sports Medicine Doping control officer Team Physician
Emergency Sports Medicine

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