Relieving chronic low back pain through minimally invasive surgical techniques
September 25, 2015
Renowned interventional pain management physician from USA showcases live techniques at Apollo Hospitals
November 18, 2013 Chennai: Today, more people suffer from chronic pain than from diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. Pain management is an essential field of medicine which is relatively new in India and is growing exponentially. The Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Apollo Hospitals Chennai conducted a live workshop on Interventional Pain Management techniques for low back pain.
Dr. Anand Murugesan, Anaesthesiologist and Pain Physician from Apollo Hospitals Chennai organised this live workshop along with Dr. Pasupuleti, an interventional pain management physician who owns the center for pain management in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. Being the President of Kentucky Society of Pain Physicians (KSIPP), Dr. Pasupuleti is an opinion leader in the field of pain management. Physicians from various Medical colleges and hospitals from Chennai and other parts of country participated in this workshop.
Estimates show that 85% of our population suffers at least one episode of back pain a year. Chronic low back pain and spinal disabilities are the third most common cause of chronic disability after heart disease and arthritis. Back Pain is the most expensive healthcare problem in the age group of 20 to 50 yrs. Data shows that 1 in 5 persons will develop severe back pain requiring medical attention. Prolapsed Intervertebral Disc is the major cause of Low back pain not responding to conservative medical lines of treatment.
Dr. Pasupuleti, Interventional Pain Management Physician, USA commented, “People with chronic pain need a two-pronged approach; treatment for the underlying cause (traced to a specific injury/infection or surgery that has healed) and treatment for the pain as a disease itself, where errant nerve impulses keep alerting the brain about nonexistent tissue damage, hence pain sensations become more severe and last longer. Interventional Pain management (IPM) uses minimally invasive techniques to reach the pain source and deposit medications to resolve the pathology. The interventional pain procedures produce immediate and lasting pain relief. I hope the techniques discussed in this workshop aid people here on techniques to eradicate chronic low back pain. I look forward to participating in similar collaborative efforts organised by Apollo Hospitals”.”
Dr. Anand Murugesan, Anaesthesiologist & Pain Physician, Apollo Hospitals Chennai said, “Interventional Pain Management techniques provide minimally invasive, safe and efficient long term pain relief for patients suffering from low back pain. Most of these procedures are day care procedures where the patient gets admitted, undergoes the procedure and gets discharged on the same day. There are more than 10 interventional pain procedures performed for varying causes of backpain. A small percentage of patients need surgical intervention for low backpain. As pain is a complex multi dimensional model, we should adapt a holistic approach by providing multi-disciplinary services including interventional and pharmacological pain therapies, physical therapy and psychological therapies.”
It is the mission of the Apollo Hospital Pain Management Center to bring comprehensive, quality and affordable pain management services to every household in India, literally to every doorstep. In addition to this, the center has an international presence by providing the same quality of services to patients from all over the world. India is now attracting patients from all over the world by providing quality and affordable medical services and the Apollo Pain Management Center, its motto being Relieving Pain, Making life better, is a leading example of this rapidly growing trend.
While providing excellent clinical and patient services in pain management, the center is also serving as an educational institution spreading the knowledge and reach of pain management by way of training and teaching physicians and other pain management professionals.
About Apollo Hospitals
In 1983, Dr Prathap C Reddy, the architect of modern healthcare in India had launched the country’s first corporate hospital -Apollo Hospitals Chennai. Over three decades, it has emerged as Asia’s foremost integrated healthcare organizations with 61 hospitals, 1517 pharmacies and 102 diagnostic clinics. The Apollo Hospitals Group also offers health insurance services, healthcare IT services and has clinical research divisions with a focus on epidemiological studies, stem cell research and genetic research.
With a goal to develop skilled health human resources, the Apollo Hospitals Group currently has 1 Medical college, 8 Nursing Colleges, 3 Nursing Schools, 2 Management Institutes, 1 Physiotherapy College and 15 Paramedical Programmes affiliated to State Medical Universities under its not for profit organizations - Apollo Hospitals Educational Trust, Chennai and Apollo Hospitals Educational Research Foundation, Hyderabad. Collaborating with the Ministry of Finance, Government of India initiative of the National Skill Development Corporation, Apollo Med skills Ltd plans to contribute to the skilling requirements of the country by adding 4 lakh healthcare professionals to the industry by 2022.
Honouring Apollo Hospitals’ commitment to healthcare, the Government of India had issued a commemorative stamp, the first ever for a healthcare organization. Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group was conferred the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in recognition of his unparalleled contribution to healthcare. For 30 years, Apollo Hospitals has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation.