I am writing to this now after I had composed an artwork. It had been brewing for about a week since my friend forwarded me an appeal for medical/financial help by a patient with #AnkylosingSpondylitis a medical disease which causes destruction of joints and loss of movement at spine and hips.
This particular patient was bedridden for past several years and last few months have been extremely troubling
He lives in a small tin roof hut built by kind neighbours with his young family. He himself is in prime of hia youth abd his ilness had crept in on him and progresses considerably. Without medical and financial help he is not taking any, and cannot afford any. As a result his joints have become immobile and he requires somebody to come to turn him around in bed or prop him up. The pain while moving is excruciating he says.
He has been fighting it out though and making paper Ballpen abd Umbrella for a living. There are some steady clients but past few months have been terrible. He has been unable to send his products due to lockdown since courier and speed post services also have been stopped due to #COVID.
I had bought a small number of pens under my personal capacity to encourage this chap and give him a morale boost.
Today I decided to doodle it for #ArztForACause project and raise awareness about Ankylosing Spondylitis a medical condition where joints lose mobility and spine hunches forwards and bend over acutely; so acutely that one cannot even look up
What I’ve attached below if the drawing I made just now.
About Ankylosing Spondylitis
It’s a medical condition where there is an inflammatory process in the tissues and joints.
This inflammation is relentless, progresses fast and is an extremely painful process.
Usually this disease affects spine and other major joints like Hip Joints causing pain, inflammation and stiffness. Overtime the joint itself ‘fuses’ much like how a metal hinge can we welded and rendered immobile.
This happens frequently in spine and hips. As a result the patient becomes completely immobile at those joints and cannot move about.
The entire process starts around the twenties and progresses fast and by late thirties or forties patient is bedridden.
There are basic medications and some expensive injections called ‘biologicals’ which can ease or slow down the process but none can stop it. Supervised Yoga or exercises have be extremely gentle as risk of fracture of spine is very high. Deep breathing exercises for chest is very important as all the ribs tend to join at the breastbone instead of staying flexible. When ribs fuse with breastbone the chest wall becomes rigid and doesn’t expand when patient breaths. As a result he has to use his diaphragm muscle and abdomen muscles to breath.
Early intervention is paramount along with physical therapy and supervised exercises.
Consult your Doctor to know more about Ankylosing Spondylitis if you’ve symptoms of back or upper back pain, tightness in chest, early morning pain, pain while sleeping and joint pains with swelling.
Some patients also have symptoms of irritable bowel, inflammation inside their eyes which causes them to water and many other symptoms.
Disability Day programmes we are organising at #ICCONS, #Shoranur, #Kerala
We are covering all levels and types of disabilities with medical camps, parent awareness and other community programmes designed to raise awareness, promote inclusiveness and improve accessibility to services.
This year we have an elaborate programme with Pediatric Orthopedic disability, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Hearing Disability, Genetic Disorders all included in the programme. Please find details below and do share among your groups.
Attaching the brochure below this with programme details.
Time and Place
Institute for Communicative and Cognitive Neurosciences , Shoranur , Palakkad
We at the Palakkad Orthopaedic Club are organising a free medical camp on August 04th, 2019 to mark the celebrations of National Bone and Joint Day in 2019. We will be holding the medical camp at IMA Hall, Palakkad, Kerala on August 4th from 9.30 am – 02.00pm.
Dr. Tajan, President Palakkad Orthopaedic Club and Dr. V G Ponnirajan, Secretary, Palakkad Orthopaedic Club have been hard at work along with the other members of the local orthopaedic fraternity to organise this event.
We will be participating in this medical camp and are expecting a large turnout for the event. Brochures, Posters and Press release has been done and event has been publicised in the social media well so that maximum number of the deserving public can be reached.
Those seen at the camp and found eligible, free surgeries can be conducted at District Hospital and other local private hospital after screening. This ensures that the benefits of the event truly go to the deserving.
So happy that we’ve had a very successful #PediatricOrthopedic and #CerebralPalsy #Medical camp today at #Palakkad, #Kerala. This is one of a kind medical camp, parent education drive and cross speciality clinic that we’ve been hosting at Palakkad since 2014.
This is the 6th year of my setting up Paediatric Orthopaedic clinic here at Palakkad Cooperative Hospital, Kerala and patient awareness of the problem of Cerebral Palsy, ClubFoot has increased tremendously over these years.
Sevabharathi volunteers were as usual wonderful and committed. None of this would have been possible if not for the commitment of Biju Bhasker and his team of LifeCare Physiotherapy Centre at Palakkad, Kerala. He has been the main organising force behind this over the years.
Today we had a Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Velmurugan and Pediatric Gastroenterologist Dr. Jaganandan join us for the camp. Both specialists are from Coimbatore. It was so nice of them to take time out and join our efforts.
With God’s grace we’ve been able to consistently raise the standard and tune the camp to make it more cross specialist so that patients can consult multiple specialists in the same visit. We try with every camp to make it better. I was discussing with Udayasankar CN of Sevabharathi, Palakkad that next camp should be much better in many ways.
I could identify some children who will require surgical procedure, plaster casts, Botox injections which could be funded, if approved, via the planned free surgery program at Palakkad for the #Bone and #Joint Day of #IndianOrthopaedicAssociation in the first week of August.
As planned we will be conducting the free #CerebralPalsy and #PaediatricOrthopaedic medical camp this month on 21st at Palakkad, Kerala. It will be held at Life Care Physiotherapy Clinic, Fort Maidan, Palak kar, Kerala.I will be examining children with orthopedic problems, limb deformities, birth deformities like #ClubFoot, Cerebral Palsy and Spine disorders like #Scoliosis.
Like last time this camp will be conducted in association with #SevaBharathi who will provide logistic support. A big thanks the people and volunteers of SevaBharathi who’ve been associated with this since last 3 years.The medical camp this time is further expanded to include Paediatric Neurologist, Paediatric Gastroenterologist who will also be participating.Attaching the poster for the event below.Please do share and spread the word.Thank you.Dr. Easwar TR.Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
After many years of work we finally have a #PediatricNeurologist ( Dr.Velmurugan, Hope Neuro Centre , Coimbatore ) (geared towards #DevelopmentalNeurology), Occupational Therapists, #Pediatrician (Dr. Lakshmi, Coimbatore), #Psychiatrist(Dr. Sajal), #Psychologist joining our team to treat Developmental Neurological issues in Children and Cerebral Palsy.
This is the first day of two day free medical camp. First day is dedicated to the neurological issues in children like #Autism, #Seizure disorders and second day for #PediatricOrthopedic Diseases, Limb Deformities like #ClubFoot and #CerebralPalsy.
This was in organised in association with #Sevabharathi who has been most kind in donating money, arranging volunteers etc.. The premises itself is a Lifecare Physiotherapy clinic of Biju Bhasker at #Palakkad, #Kerala.
Most kind have been Sevabharathi, it’s volunteers and Dr. Sreeram Sankar without whom this wouldn’t be possible. When me and Mr.Biju approached them with the idea 2 years ago they had a kind heart to go ahead and help us with much needed sponsorship and man power.
Watch this space. The next event would be bigger and better !!
I have great pleasure to announce that along with the launch of a Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama Charitable Hospital , Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala I am also starting an exclusive Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic.
This will cater to children suffering with bone and joint disorders, congenital deformities like Club Foot, Flat foot, Knock Knees and Bow legs among many others. Treatment advise for Spine problems in children like spina bifida, congenital and idiopathic scoliosis are also offered.
I am hereby attaching a video clip showing the many clinical conditions for which services are being offered here.
This hospital being a charitable one caters to the poor and these services would be of benefit to many.
Kindly share among your friends so that people are aware of the new service.
Dr. Easwar TR Pediatric Orthopedic & Spine Surgeon
Lovely conference and lovely to see the so many families and patients viewing life with such a positive attitude https://t.co/eXqZWmuhoa
Dr. Santhosh Karmakar and Spina Bifida Foundation deserve credit for bringing together different professionals -doctors, physiotherapists and families, together for this event
Had a wonderful #CerebralPalsy and #PediatricOrtho #medical #camp at #Palakkad #Kerala organised by wonderful people at #SevaBharathi . It was well attended with parents and children braving the heavy rain.
#Torticollis or #WryNeck is a common complaint in #children.
Children will keep neck turned and/or tilted to one side. This can be a sudden occurrence especially after sore throat or upper airway infection, fall or maybe seen after difficult birth due to stretching and injury to the neck muscle (called Sternocleidomastoid .
While many are simple spam or contracture of neck muscle some torticollis as shown in the picture below could harbour problems like compression of #spinalcord by #neck bones which have gone off alignment. These problems in the structure of neck bones occur at birth and are due to a developmental error in the shape of the neck vertebra.
Commemorative day for Cancer passed us by, mostly un-noticed amidst the din of modern self centered life. Here is an article by my dear friend and senior colleague Dr. Sekar Michael who runs a Coimbatore Pain Clinic at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India and is actively involved in treating under priviliged cancer patients.