The Dangers of Prolonged Sittingby Opinion Express January 10, 2019 0 comments
Anutosh Mishra, a 53 year old man had been suffering from ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine. He has reported severe back pain and stiffness in both his hips which hindered his daily movements so much so, that he was unable to walk for the last 15 years and had to depend on others for his day-to-day activities. In order to treat this condition, the senior consultant of the Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement department at the Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, Dr Havind Tandon, along with his team of experts, operated on Anutosh for both side, hip replacement surgery at the hospital.
Anutosh had lost hope, as many efforts to get treatment had been turned down elsewhere. Post the necessary medical investigations, the team of doctors decided to perform the hip replacement surgery and replaced both his fused hips with artificial hips. Two days after the surgery Anutosh started to walk.
Dr Tandon said, “As the spine is fused in this condition, it leads to various chest problems also. Surgeries of this kind have very high complication rates and thus, they require a multi-disciplinary medical intervention.”
Explaining the disease, the doctor stated that ankylosing spondylitis is the chronic inflammation of the spine and the pelvis. Severe inflammation causes pain and stiffness. This disease causes deformity and joint destruction that leads to loss of mobility.
The onset of the disease usually starts in the second or third decade of life. He added, “This disease is majorly a genetic one, but is rapidly becoming prevalent due to high adoption rate of a sedentary lifestyle, abuse of alcohol and tobacco among the population. Young-onset of this disease leads to many young people in their 20s and 30s facing its debilitating symptoms. Incorrect use of steroid worsens the condition. There are many complications associated with this disease such as uveitis (eye inflammation), heart problems, chest problems, compression fractures, and so on. The earlier this disease is diagnosed, the easier it becomes to manage its progression with exercise, medicines and various other therapies. In severe cases, such as the case of Anutosh, a surgical intervention becomes necessary.”
Source: The Pionee