We like to have has our audience, the people who are suffering from spine problems. However we also prefer others like our own doctor community, the corporates, medical students, and the general public so that they can help others suffering from the disease to reach out to us. This creates awareness as to how spine problems are treated, in an understandable manner. We also intend to educate the people on a regular basis through lectures, audio-visuals and blogs on common spine related problems.
Statistically, more than 50% of the working population suffer simple back pain every year. Back or neck pain is the second most common reason to visit doctor’s clinic, outnumbered only by common cold. Most back or neck pains are simple mechanical or non organic, which means are not caused by infection, fracture, tumor, inflammation, instability etc. It may be a simple strain of muscles, joints, or ligaments in the back or neck.
In India, tuberculosis is one of the commonest causes of spine diseases and if detected early can be easily treated.
The worst complication of spinal diseases is paraplegia or quadriplegia which results in paralysis of both or all four limbs and the patient is bed ridden. This can be treated and prevented.
In India 15 lacs of people live with spinal cord injury. Every year ten thousand new cases add to this group and majority of them are in the age group of 16 to 30 years. The most common cause of spinal cord injury is fall from heights and motor vehicle accidents.
Inflammatory and metabolic problems affect spine mostly in the elderly and osteoporosis being one of the commonest can lead to disabling pain and even deformity in spine.
Tumour causing spinal diseases is on the rise and it is due to early detection and better awareness amongst the public. The fatal complications are however on check as it is treated early and effectively.
In children deformity of spine is a challenge not only to the doctor, but also to the society. It is common in girls and often treatment is delayed due to the fear of complications of surgery or with the myth that it cannot be treated. It is a social stigma in our society. We recommend early detection and effective treatment which will reduce the burden on the parents. This deformity is often suffered by the economically backward and will need support by the NGO’s and philanthropists.
Wishing everyone “SPINE OF STEEL”
By Dr. Subodh M. Shetty