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Patients suffering from osteoarthritis would be provided free consultation, said M.J. Naidu. Those requiring total knee replacement would be provided investigations and operation at concessional charge at the workshop. Speaking to newspersons here today, Dr. Naidu said that osteoarthritis of knee joint is one of the common arthritis caused due to physical inactivity and obesity.
Though there was no effective treatment available for this very common condition, research and development in recent years made significant progress in understanding, prevention and treatment of the disease.
If the disease is in early stages, preventive measures like weight reduction, exercises and medication are advised. Medicines are now available for improving joint lining which is worn-out in osteoarthritis patients. If the disease is moderately severe causing deformities and disabilities, the patients can be helped by simple operations, including correction of deformities and joint wash procedures.
Specialised injections into the joints would also be helpful in clearing the debris. If the disease is in advanced condition, total knee replacement would be done to replace worn out parts by artifician metal and plastic components. This is becoming popular in the country.
Dr. Naidu said that Johnson and Johnson company had agreed to provide total knee prosthesis at a reduced cost. He wanted orthopaedics and patients to avail themselves of the workshop.
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