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DR JOHN EBNEZAR’S SAVE YOUR KNEES PROGRAM
IN ASSOCIATION WITH ROTARY BANGALORE SOUTH AND SWAASTHYA HEALTH FOUNDATION ®
SUPPORTED BY: THE GERIATRIC ORTHOPEDIC SOCIETY OF INDIA AND BANGALORE ORTHOPEDIC SOCIETY
Place: B Hosahalli, Village, Sarjapura Road
Time: 9.30 Am to 4 pm
INTRODUCTION ABOUT ARTHRITIS
Osteoarthritis of the Knee is a major public health problem affecting nearly 10% of the global and Indian population. This disease affects old age and affects the mobility of a person thereby reducing the quality of life and increasing the undesirable effects of other public health problems in the elderly like diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart diseases, osteoporosis, and depression.
There is no cure available for arthritis and the best way to manage it as per the recommendations of the American College of Rheumatology(ACR) and American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) is health education and awareness, self management techniques, alterations in the activities of daily living, low impact exercises and useful physical activities. These methods are strongly recommended and other treatment methods like drugs, physiotherapy, injections into the joint, surgery are not that strongly recommended.
DR JOHN EBNEZAR’S INITIATIVE
Acting as per the recommendations of the AAOS and ACR, Dr John Ebnezar an International renowned Orthopedic Surgeon, conducted a Public Health Education Seminar and Knee Workshop for the residents of Hosahalli Village and neighboring villages in HIS SAVE YOUR KNEES PROGRAM launched on 9/06/13. Unlike mundane free health check up camps that involved examination and free distribution of medicines, Dr John Ebnezar, who holds a Doctorate degree in Knee Arthritis and a Best Research Award in Knee Osteoarthritis (both from SYASA)launched a unique program on Knee Arthritis which no orthopedic surgeon in the country has ever done.
HEALTH EDUCATION AND AWARENESS ABOUT KNEE ARTHRITIS
This program consisted of
• Screening the patients
• Collecting the data’s of all the selected patients
• Examination and categorization as per scientific standards
• Health education lectures – on Knee Structure, function, causes and treatment of knee arthritis
• Lectures on – Diet therapy, postural modifications, life style changes, and preventive steps for arthritis.
UNIQUE KNEE WORKSHOP FOR VILLAGERS
After the initial health education program, Knee Workshop was conducted for the villagers:
• Patients were taught Knee Specific Exercises
• Patients were taught and made to do Yoga Based Exercises for the Knee Arthritis
• Patients were taught about relaxation Techniques
RESPONSE FOR DR JOHN EBNEZAR’S INITIATIVE
There was tremendous response for the Knee Workshop with septuagenarians, octogenarians, men and women of all age have participated enthusiastically in the Knee Workshop.
The patients were given health education materials like diet chart, exercises chart; follow up sheets and instruction manuals. Patients were given free medicines like calcium; vitamins, Pain Killers, and local massage Oils.
The program concluded with felicitation to Dr John Ebnezar and distribution of mementoes, by Rtn. Sridhar, Vice President, Rotary Bangalore South, and Venugopal, to the staff of Parimala Health Care Services, Bilekahalli, and Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore – 76 who participated actively in the program.
APPRECIATION FOR DR JOHN EBNEZAR’S INITIATIVE
Rotary Club and all the villagers strongly appreciated the efforts of Prof.Rotarian Dr John Ebnezar for his unique program and praised his social commitment.
AT A TIME WHEN GOVERNMENT IS STRUGGLING TO SEND DOCTORS TO VILLAGES,AT A TIME WHEN KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERIES ARE BEING DONE AT THE DROP OF A HAT,AT A TIME WHEN HEALTH EDUCATION BY SENIOR CONSULTANTS HAVE BECOME A RARITY, DR JOHN EBNEZAR, A BUSY SENIOR ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON, GOES TO THE DOOR STEPS OF THE VILLAGERS,EDUCATES THEM,TREATS THEM AND CONDUCTS A KNEE WORKSHOP AND TEACHES THEM YOGA BASED KNEE EXERCISES THUS EMPOWERING VILLAGERS TO TAKE CHARGE OF THEIR KNEES IS A VERY LAUDABLE AND EXCELLENT EFFORT WORTHY OF EMULATION.
DR JOHN EBNEZAR, A VISIONARY
DR JOHN EBNEZAR’S VISION IS TO WIPE OUT ARTHRITIS FROM THE FACE OF THE WORLD AND MAKE THE SOCIETY ARTHRITIS FREE. HE WANTS TO MAKE THIS SAVE YOUR KNEES A GLOBAL CAMPAIGN AND REACH EACH AND EVERY PERSON ACROSS THE GLOBE WITH HIS MESSAGE. We from Rotary Bangalore South fully back his vision and will go all out to support his cause for the humanity.
Rtn B R Sridhar
Rotary Bangalore South