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Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery Orthopedics Pediatric Orthopedics Sports Injury

Pediatric Sports Injuries in #India – the #Palakkad ,#Kerala Story


The small town of #Palakkad #Kerala state may be one of the biggest contributors to #Indian #Athletics. It’s a town predominantly know for its large expanse of rice fields and farming community. In the past athletes like Valsamma, PT Usha have trained here and succeeded. Recently PU Chitra bought laurels to this small town. Many children here look upon these heroes as they train daily.

Recently Palakkad got it’s own first synthetic athletic track and provided a field where young athletes could be groomed better. Several promising athletes are in training in this otherwise rustic, tucked away place. Athletes who’ve successfully represented India at the Asian and Olympic level belong here and have trained here.

Most of these athletes use what is locally available in terms of facilities, gears, coaches to train themselves. The fact that until recently they didn’t even have a change room where they could change themselves into or out of the sports gear after coming from their schools or colleges speaks volumes of the lack of a system in place. Many are from very humble backgrounds. Driven by the need to succeed, as it’s very often the only glimmer of hope from poverty.

Things are changing though. Changing rapidly. As I train and interact with these children while setting up my Sports Injury Clinic here, I realise a renewed vigour in children, coaches and parents where they are unafraid to take up their needs with local authorities and get it done.

With more training facilities promised and the track and field itself being in the process of a long overdue upkeep and upgrade as I type this, it is certain that with children in #India taking to #Sports early and training intensively , #Pediatric #SportsInjuries will become more common. Though there is difference in the pattern of these injuries from those in the west, nonetheless, these required specialised care.

Just in last week I have examined and treated children with old hamstring tears who’ve not rehabilitated well, old ankle injuries with pain, back pain due to stress and renal calculi as a result of training in summer heat with very poor hydration. None of these children received adequate on field or off field medical attention. All of them were not aware of the type of injury they are having and its potential for causing premature career collapse.

I have realised that along with adequate sports injury prevention counselling, these children require counselling for sports nutrition and diet tailored to the sports they are participating. It is sad that while these could be given, not many maybe able to afford such a nutrition on daily basis. Mr. Haridas the coach of the Olympic Athletic Club here at Palakkad is so kind. Everyday he brings these kids mangoes from his farm. It’s little things like these that bind the coaches, parents and kids together and goes beyond simple trainer-trainee contract. The fact that he does this training free of charge is really something laudable.

This is the story of sports in India….

We need better facilities, coaching , gears but most importantly these children need better nutrition. They also need better awareness of injuries as they push themselves to greater heights.

Enthused Children,  Happy Children at Sports Track and Field
Enthused Children, Happy Children at Sports Track and Field
Mr. Haridas the large hearted coach or the Olympic Athletic Club, Palakkad
Mr. Haridas the large hearted coach or the Olympic Athletic Club, Palakkad
Pediatric Sports Injury ...A large audience , but is anybody listening ?
Pediatric Sports Injury …A large audience , but is anybody listening ?

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Cerebral-palsy Deformity Correction and Limb lengthening Orthopedics Pediatric Orthopedics

Pediatric Orthopedic & Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Trivandrum


This April I’d be starting my #Clubfoot clinic as part of the Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic at Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama Charitable Hospital, #Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

This hospital caters to poor patients in the city and a cost effective Clubfoot Clinic will add to the existing services run here.

Last month I had started my Paediatric Orthopaedic Clinic there officially and we plan to step up the services for Cerebral Palsy, Pediatric Sports Injuries and Pediatric Limb Deformities in coming months as more ancillary services are commissioned here.

Clubfoot Clinic at Thiruvanathapuram,Kerala
Clubfoot Clinic at Thiruvanathapuram,Kerala
Pediatric Orthopedic & Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Thiruvanathapuram,Kerala
Pediatric Orthopedic & Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Thiruvanathapuram,Kerala

Do pass the news around to people who may benefit. Our main focus would be to keep it state of the art and cost effective.

Overtime we will add features to the clinic and ancillary services . Watch this space !!

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Cerebral-palsy Deformity Correction and Limb lengthening Orthopedics Pediatric Orthopedics

What is Pediatric Orthopedics and what are the common diseases – a Q & A


Recently gave an interview to a popular news channel in #Kerala in #Malayalam.

The topic was “Common Children’s Orthopedic Disorders and Cerebral Palsy”.

It’s is in an interview format with patients who are interested phoning in the channel to discuss some of their doubts about these disease conditions.

The idea was to take up and discuss the most common children’s bone diseases that parents would need guidance on like Bow Legs, Knock Knees, Club Foot, TB infection of Bones, Perthes Disease of hip, Cerebral Palsy and interact with patients who may phone in.

Common Bone and Joint Problems in Children and Cerebral Palsy

(This interview would be in the local language of Kerala State, Malayalam )

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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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ArtForACause

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