Youth at higher risk of developing osteoarthritis RMLIMS


More and more people in the age group of 35 to 45 years are suffering from Osteoarthritis (deformity of joints) in Lucknow.

Experts from a Continuing Medical Education (CME) program and Live Surgery Workshop at Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences (RMLIMS) said that a poor lifestyle, poor dietary habits and pollution are the major reasons for the increasing number of such patients.

Dr Swagat Mohapatra, a faculty at RMLIMS, said, “Around seven years ago, the share of the youth group in the total cases of osteoarthritis in the city was 5-6 per cent. The contribution of this age group to the total cases reported in a month was 20- 25 percent.”

He explained that “young people eat junk food and don’t exercise regularly, which leads to muscle loss and overweight. This ultimately puts pressure on the joints leading to bone loss.”

Prof Vineet Sharma, Pro-Vice Chancellor, King George’s Medical University (KGMU), said, “If one feels pain in the knees or any other joint, he/she should consult a doctor as it could be a case of Osteoarthritis. The disease can be cured through intervention appropriate medication and bio-intervention techniques.”

Dr. Sachin Avasthi, Senior Faculty, RMLIMS, said, “If the knee keeps on making repeated noises and sometimes becomes stiff and the condition persists for more than six weeks, it means that the joints are covered with surface.

The cartilage has changed or becomes uneven. In such cases, immediate medical intervention is required to prevent further damage. If this is not taken care of, it can completely damage the knee joint. “

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