An awareness session on osteoarthritis was organised by HT Pace in association with Fortis Hospital, Mohali, on Monday. About 65 teachers from various schools in the Tricity gathered at the hospital’s auditorium for the seminar. Director of orthopaedics and joint replacement, Fortis Hospital, Dr Ramesh Sen, delivered a talk on ‘How to treat arthritic knee and delay joint replacement?’
During his talk, Dr Sen demystified arthritis for the participants. “Arthritis is a degenerative disease of joints. It curbs everyday activities like walking, climbing the stairs or even getting in and out of bed. Hence, arthritis makes a person feel old even when they are in their prime. Women, in particular, are susceptible to osteoarthritis, as by nature, they face a triple threat of risk when it comes to arthritis: biological structure, genetic predisposition and hormones. Unfortunately, several women have added a fourth risk factor to the mix - obesity,” he said.
He added that osteoarthritis was the most common type of arthritis and the percentage of people suffering from it increased with age. He said it was avoidable and was more likely to occur in overweight persons or those with jobs that causes stress to joints. He informed that before the age of 45 years, more men suffered from osteoarthritis than women. However, after 45 years, it was more common among women, he said.
He said a successful treatment programme involved a combination of exercise, weight control, surgery and disease modifying agents. The talk was followed by a question and answer session where Dr Sen answered queries put forth by participants.
Principal of Gian Jyoti Global School, Mohali, Ranjeet Bedi, who particpated in the seminar, said, “I congratulate HT Pace for conducting such workshops. Today’s lecture was really fruitful since osteoarthritis is a real horrifying problem these days, especially amongst middle-aged persons. I look forward to attending such workshops in the future too.”