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Art and Paintings General Spine & Scoliosis Surgery

#ArztForACause Art to raise health awareness

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.

Paper Coffee cup – digitally retouched
Paper roll, handmade Paper Pen
Same cup without digital retouching

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.

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Art and Paintings Cerebral-palsy Open Source & Programming Orthopedics Pediatric Orthopedics

Tribute to the Eternal Mother – Digital #Art of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is such a difficult disease to handle and treat for the health care professionals.

The treatment process needs to take the parents and family members along so that these children get optimal care. It’s important to reinforce on the parents and lift their morale throughout the course of long and arduous treatment.

I routinely arrange seminars and medical camps and arrange public events in association with groups serving these children to help them and keep caregiver morale high. It’s a fight, a relentless fight against Cerebral Palsy.

It never ceases to amaze and move me that the mother , however humble or rich , illiterate or well educated, they may be cares for the child and stays with child through thick and thin.

Wacom One CTL and MyPaint on Linux works like it’s a match made in heaven.

My Digital Art on a mother caring for her child with Cerebral Palsy – Drawn using Wacom One CTL 472 and MyPaint Open Source Software.

This painting is part of the #ArztForACause fundraiser for children with Cerebral Palsy , Autism and Movement Disorders

She literally is the guiding light of the treatment, showing the way and proving that she’s the true representative of the all giving , ever loving Divine Mother

A Mother leading and lighting the way of care for her child with Cerebral Palsy – Digital #Art
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Art and Paintings

My Upcoming Clubfoot Project – #Art work

I am excited to be planning my upcoming project of #Clubfoot (details would be announced soon). As usual I design all my stuff (Little tuning at times from professionals).

This time I have decided to go all alone and paint my own artwork for use with the project.

I decided to go digital.

I used #Wacom One Tablet and #MyPaint #FOSS software. Superb combination.

Attaching a work below.

Clubfoot #Art for my upcoming project among #Clubfoot #children in #Kerala #DigitalArt @wacom
one tablet @childortho
@GlobalClubfoot

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Art and Paintings Cerebral-palsy General Pediatric Orthopedics

#ArtForACause #Wayanad

#Wayanad.
Acrylic on Canvas Board with Palette Knife.
My first with Palette knife and acrylic. A demanding media requiring quick work. I think I fared all right for a first!

This painting is part of #ArtForACause fundraising series with Dr Sekar Michael and Dr. PA Suresh at ICCONS , #Shoranur for children suffering from #CerebralPalsy ,#Autism and #MovementDisorders

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Wayanad Acrylic on Canvas with Palette Knife #ArtForACause

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Art and Paintings Cerebral-palsy General Orthopedics Others Pediatric Orthopedics

#ArtForACause a Painting project by Doctors for fundraising

Delighted to announce an Art Project with Dr. Suresh (Director , Neurologist , ICCONS) , Dr. Sekar Michael ( Pediatric Anesthetist, ICCONS) and Dr. Easwar TR (Pediatric Orthopedic & Spine Surgeon , ICCONS) as fund raising campaign for treatment of children with #CerebralPalsy, Movement Disorders, Chronic Pain and #Autism. This will be an ongoing project.

First day was today. Wonderful experience at ICCONS, Shoranur.

Lovely to see that many of the staff from Speech and Audiology participated as well.

We plan to improve this in the next iteration and pool all the paintings we paint ( Dr. Suresh, Dr. Sekar and myself ) to help build a fundraiser.

We will be holding these painting sprints at frequent intervals.

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