In women, osteoporosis accounts for more days in hospital than breast cancer, heart attack, diabetes, and many other diseases. In men, the lifetime risk of fragility fracture is greater than that of prostate cancer. This signifies the impact of osteoporosis among the elderly population. World osteoporosis day is marked on October 20 each year. It is actually a yearlong campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases. The theme for the year 2022 was "Step up for bone health”.
The Department of Orthopaedics conducted a continuing medical education on October 20, 2022 to create awareness about osteoporosis among our students and faculties. Dr.Sruti Chandrasekaran, endocrinologist, Dr.Rela Hospitals threw light about the medical aspects of osteoporosis and Dr.Dilip Chand Raja, consultant spine surgeon, Fortis Malar hospital spoke about the surgical aspects of osteoporotic spine fractures. Our beloved Dean Dr.A.Sundaram gave the inaugural address and presided over the programme. Our Medical Superintendent Dr.R.Balamurugan and Our Vice-Principal Dr.Leela felicitated the speakers and gave special address. The meeting was attended by 250 delegates comprising of final year MBBS students, postgraduates, and faculties of various departments.
We had great talks on 360-degree approach to the management of Osteoporosis both medical and surgical. The discussion was so vast after the speech which showed interest of the delegates into the topic. The speech was greatly welcomed by both the UG and PG students. The programme ended with a sumptuous lunch.