Kolkata, Nov 7 IBNS | 2 years ago

The Department of Orthopaedics at Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS) has launched a 'Free Arthritis Clinic' for Senior Citizens.

This clinic will focus on preventive care for the elderly and also for those who are obese, and have a family history of joint pains with symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency.

The clinic will offer free screening consultation and the first 50 patients who register can also avail free Bone Mineral Density (BMD) test.

Commencing from November 9, this clinic will be functional on the first Saturday and Sunday of every month. Patients can call on 9874855992 for appointment/registration.

According to a study, Arthritis is rising at an alarming rate with the recent statistics proving over 180 million patients in India suffering from this disease. Traditionally, Arthritis was believed to be the disease of the old.

According to the recent trends and studies, it is seen that with changing lifestyle, the severity of arthritis at young age, especially in women in particular are on the rise.

Any patient showing the signs of varied levels of pain, swelling, joint stiffness, and a constant ache around the joint(s) or other symptoms like inability to use the hand or walk, weight loss, poor sleep and muscle aches and pains is recommended to visit an orthopaedic consultant.

Commenting about this package, Dr. Abhirup Mallick, Consultant, Rheumatologist , Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences, said, "This clinic will provide special preventive orthopaedic service such as free consultation, bone marrow density test, and so on to all senior citizens not only in Kolkata but for throughout entire Eastern India."

He added, "The clinic has a team of qualified surgeons along with efficient occupational therapists, physiotherapists and pain management experts who work towards quick rehabilitation of the patient leading to a better quality of life."

(Posted on 08-11-2013)