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Sir Richard Hadlee launches the Apollo Knee Clinic program, - a 360 degree approach to managing knee pain with the Apollo Advantage, another pioneering initiative by the Apollo Hospitals Group

Date: 03 Nov 2009

"Apollo Knee Clinic" will be the first of it's kind program in this part of the world. Starting from prevention through early diagnosis and intervention, surgical intervention to rehabilitation, Apollo Knee Clinic offers a complete program. Research, inputs from experts in orthopedics and rehab medicine and experience of the entire team at Apollo Hospitals has provided the material required for this program. Where ever possible the protocols and guidelines have been benchmarked with global institutions to ensure that the product is comparable to the best institutions in the world.

 

Disease profile is undergoing an amazing transformation and infectious diseases are fast giving way to life style diseases. Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity and Stress are major predisposing factors for disease today and the disease burden due to coronary artery disease, stroke, cancer and degenerative diseases is increasing. In addition to the predisposing factors mentioned above factors such as aspiration for a longer and more active life, increasing life expectancy and injuries are leading to an increased incidence of hospital visits due to knee pain.

Over 4 million people above 60 years and over 6 million people across all age groups need help for knee disorders. Knee pain is one of the commonest problems that many people face in their day to day life and most common cause of chronic knee pain are Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and injury.

While a variety of options are available today both in traditional and alternative medicine for management of knee pain, most of these options are incomplete and sub-optimal. Patients move from hospital to hospital and from doctor to doctor in search of pain relief often without desired results. The need for a comprehensive KNEE PAIN MANAGEMENT CENTER was obvious and articulated by many patients. While the need is clearly established and the potential clearly described there is no solution leveraging this need and potential. Therefore Apollo Hospitals has decided to create a comprehensive solution for knee pain integrating the different elements of managing a knee disorder.

APOLLO KNEE CLINIC

"Apollo Knee Clinic" will be the first of it's kind program in this part of the world. Starting from prevention through early diagnosis and intervention, surgical intervention to rehabilitation, Apollo Knee Clinic offers a complete program. Research, inputs from experts in orthopedics and rehab medicine and experience of the entire team at Apollo Hospitals has provided the material required for this program. Where ever possible the protocols and guidelines have been benchmarked with global institutions to ensure that the product is comparable to the best institutions in the world.

Components

  • Prevention & Early Diagnosis : Public education & Basic knee check
  • Accurate Diagnosis : Advanced knee check, Key hole procedures
  • Preventing disease progression : Disease Management Program
  • Efficient Treatment : Integrated proactive physiotherapy & exercise, Arthroscopic procedure, Knee replacement surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Research : Use of regenerative techniques to manage knee pain and arthritis using stem cells

Highlights

  • A one-stop centre catering to the end-to-end needs of a patient with knee pain
  • Focus on patient empowerment
  • Offer an integrated disease management program
  • Includes tools to ensure compliance to the program
  • Provides for global benchmarking
  • Creates a system that monitors, analyzes and continuously upgrades the different components of the program
  • Ensure consistency of services irrespective of the location, the doctor or the time at all touch points in the program

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Reddy said, "Apollo will strive to deliver the best in patient care and the launch of 'Knee Clinic' is another milestone in our journey towards optimum patient care. It will provide a 360 degree approach to our patients, right from prevention to treatment and rehabilitation."" The units now have a dedicated operation theatre and physiotherapy department for post operative rehabilitation and manned by a dedicated team of professionals exclusively trained to deal with such patients.

According to Ms. Sanghita Reddy Executive Director Apollo Hospitals "Apollo Knee Clinics will be launched in 20 hospitals across 12 locations in the next couple of weeks. The first set of six clinics (Apollo Hospitals - Jubilee Hills, Hyderguda, Secunderabad, Kanchanbagh in Hyderabad and Karimnagar and Kakinada) are operational from today"" She added that these clinics will function between 5 and 8pm on all working days in all the locations.

Sir Richard Hadlee the cricketing legend was present at the launch and he said that these clinics go a long way in helping people rediscover pain free movement. He said "I have had the opportunity to have a knee check at the Apollo Knee Clinic and the experience has been incredible".

 
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