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Spine Clinic In Kolkata, West Bengal
Inauguration of Manipal Hospital Information Centre at Mysuru
An altruistic �DOC�trine
They learn, they teach, they constantly embellish their knowledge. Then some go a step further to give back. Not many know that the word doctor actually comes from the Latin word doctoris meaning teacher, informs spine surgeon Dr Thomas Kishen who has taken the onus on himself to teach.
With his first-of-its-kind Bone School, Dr Kishen imparts very specific teaching programmes to young Orthopaedic trainees. The doctor with a graduate certificate on teaching from the University of New South Wales, keeps his Sundays for this free training. �It is so fulfilling to teach the next generation of orthopaedic doctors. Everybody does a regular teaching programme, but the Bone School is a one-of-its-kind entity which teaches topics with faculty and doctors coming in from all over India. I started it at Sparsh, and now it�s at Manipal Hospital in Bengaluru, a one-day session where 40 to 50 PGs come on Sunday, and every month, we focus on a separate topic � bone parts, tieing knots, bone models,� says the spine surgeon.
Spine Myths Busted
Twisting your neck can lead to serious injury
It is never advisable to have your neck manipulated to relieve simple aches, says Dr Thomas Kishen
Ramaswamy a 45 year old had same riggling neck pain for a few days. At the end of his hair cutting session, he allowed the hair dresser to massage his neck and head and as a parting gift, the barber held his chin with one hand and the top of his head with the other hand an d forcefully twisted his neck to the left and right producing a cracking sound.
This left Ramaswamy writing in agony with an electric shock like sensation and pain in his neck, right arm and forearm. Despite the barber's reassurance, Ramaswamy's pain did not subside and he spent a restless night in bed. As the pain was not settling down even after a couple of days, he decided to visit a hospital.
Ramaswamy was diagnosed to have a slipped disc in his neck that compressed a nerve that travelled down his right arm and forearm causing mild weakness in his muscles and numbness in his arm. The pain prevented him from going to work for a few weeks before it subsided.
It is a common practice for hair dresser in India and neighboring Asian countries to massage and twist the neck after a haircut. While a majority of patients get away unharmed, a few people like Ramaswamy may land in trouble. Fortunately, Ramaswamy's symptoms (pain, weakness and numbness) subsided with some medications and rest. There have been reports in medical journals of people having a stroke following neck manipulation due to damage to the arteries (blood vessel) that carry blood to brain. Others have had bleeding around the spinal cord and spinal cord injury and paralysis following neck manipulation.
These medical reports have followed neck manipulation by trained chiropractors who do not twist the neck all the way till the chin touches the shoulder (high velocity low amplitude technique). Our hair dressers, despite their good intentions, tend to forcefully twist the neck till the chin touches the shoulder (high velocity low amplitude technique) which theoretically has a greater potential of damaging the arteries around the neck causing bleeding around the spinal cord or resulting in a slipped disc.
Hence, it is advisable not to get a neck manipulation performed after a haircut. A majority of simple neck aches that occur on and off, without radiation (spread) to the arms, settle down with neck strengthening exercise and the occasional use of pain relieving gel followed by a hot water fomentation.
(The author is a surgeon)
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