Spinal problems to affect more people in 10 years

Kolkata: Five per cent of the adult population in India suffers from various spinal problems reflected in back or neck pains at some points in their lives and the figure is likely to go up alarmingly in the next 10 years, doctors warn.

"Such cases of degenerative diseases increase with the rise in life expectancy," experts point out.

They said that at least 20 per cent of patients having acute spinal problems would remain bedridden by 2022.

Amitava Chanda, consultant neurosurgeon of the city`s Fortis Hospitals said depending on the seriousness of the situation, backaches could be treated medically or even surgically.

"But ignored for a long period of time, even a minor backache can grow into excruciating back pain," they said.

Hence, he said, it is important to have a facility which will not only cater to diagnostics, but also therapeutic aspects of various spinal complications.

Consultant orthopaedic and spine surgeon Ujjal Debnath said that if back pain was neglected and not immediately attended to, a lot of problems might arise, but they could be cured through individualised treatments.

"These require no injection or surgery. Based on the stage of the problem, our first mode of treatment is physiotherapy followed by oral medication and then injection.

The last resort is surgery which is only done, if required," he said.

However, surgeons are of the view that there is no guarantee that backaches would not recur even after surgery.


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