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JAMMU: Rheumatology Foundation and Department of Rheumatology KG Medical University, Lucknow, UP India organised a national level meet at New Delhi on ‘Propelling Rheumatology to Primary Care’.
Dr Debashish Danda, President Indian Rheumatology Association, Dr Rohini Handa former President IRA, Dr K.M Mahinderanath former President IRA, Dr Arvind Chopra National Co-ordinator COPCORD, Dr MLB Bhat Vice Chancellor and Dr S.K Dass, Chairman and Head of Department of Rheumatology, KG Medical University, Lucknow, UP, Dr Liyakat Gauri and many more countrywide reputed rheumatologist participated in the meet.
Dr Annil Mahajan, rheumatologist and Professor and Head Department of Medicine, GMC Jammu, who been pioneer along with other experts in conducting and generating the country wide data related to burden of Arthritis and joint pain, had also the honour to be invited in the said important national meeting.
Dr Mahajan impressed that common rheumatological disorders like osteoarthritis, low back ache, neck pain, fibromyalgia, non-specific arthalgias are far more prevalent than the inflammatory arthritis and concluded that they require immediate attention and redressal.
Dr Mahajan, in his invited talk on Low Backache, highlighted that this is one of the most common rheumatological disorder and almost 80 per cent of population suffers at one point of time, compromising and affecting their day to day working and thus should not be ignored specially if it persist more than 4- 6 week and if it is associated with weakness, nuro-deficeit, bladder and bowel disturbance etc.
Further, it was deliberated that the burden of the rheumatological disorders arthritis and joint pain is increasing especially due to increase in the life span. These disorders are causing a huge socio economic burden and compromising quality of life and thus require a great attention at the level of health care providers and policy makers. Beside the basic awareness education and training need to be extended to doctors at the primary level so that these diseases are identified and treated at the earliest.
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