Over 300 Medical Experts In Spinal Cord Injuries Converge in Chennai for ISSICON 2018
witnesses participation from the Honourable Governor of Tamil Nadu
International Spine and Spine Injuries Conference (ISSICON 2018) focused mainly
on the importance of prevention, care and clinical management of Spinal Cord
Chennai, 6th October, 2018: More than 300 national
and international Spine Care Specialists congregated in Chennai for ISSICON
2018, a three-day International Conference on Spine Injuries. The event held for
the first time in Chennai, was heralded as a great success by leading national
and international names in the field of spine surgery and related fields.
cord injury is a devastating life-altering illness that happens due to
accidents because of falls from heights or road traffic accidents. In India,
the focus has always been on acute hospital care and there are some excellent
facilities for this. When it comes to rehabilitation, there is a serious lack
of information and availability of centres.
on the theme 'Spinal Cord Injury Care in Emerging India', ISSICON 2018 mainly delved upon building awareness on injury
prevention, pre-hospital care, treatments provided and rehabilitation. The main
aim of organising the conference in Chennai is to sensitise the medical and
paramedical professionals, policy makers and community in this region on the
dire need for setting up rehabilitation services for the Spinal Cord Injured.
"There is a long list of unanswered questions
and controversies surrounding the management of spinal ailments", said Dr.
H.S. Chhabra - Chairperson ISSICON 2018, Secretary of the
Spinal Cord Society and President of the International Spinal Cord Society. "We see a strong need to disseminate the
right information on the recent advances in this space, and it is with this in
mind that ISSICON is organised each year. Deliberations amongst eminent faculty
members from around the globe and from around India provides an excellent forum
for trying to achieve these objectives".
ISSICON 2018 witnessed interesting workshops and panel
discussions, including a special interaction about Spine Rehabilitation with Actor and Singer Shruthi Hassan. The conference also witnessed speeches from eminent spine specialists including Dr. A.K. Mukherjee (Director General,Indian Spine Injuries Centre) and Dr.Suranjan Bhattacharji (Former Director of CMC Vellore).
An interesting panel discussion took place on the
topic 'Factors contributing to the Challenge in Spine Trauma Care in Tamil Nadu
State', moderated by Dr. G. Balamurali
- Organising Chairman ISSICON 2018,
Senior Spine and Neurosurgeon at Kauvery Hospital.
The evening ceremony will witness a speech by the Chief Guest, Honourable Thiru. Banwarilal
Purohit, Governor of Tamil Nadu.
Notes to Editors:
About ISSICON 2018:
Nadu ranks in the top amongst Indian states as far as Road Traffic Crashes
(RTCs) are concerned, and it is a distinction that the state cannot be proud
of. In 2015 alone, Tamil Nadu registered a total of 69,059 accidents, nearly 14
per cent of all road accidents in India. A large proportion of people surviving
injuries sustain some type of temporary or permanent disability. This in turn
is bound to have a depressive repercussion on the person's life through the
loss of personal space, independence, individuality and personal relationships.
Most victims are of the male gender, usually below 40 years of age and are the
main breadwinners of the family. This paralyses the entire family's resources
and puts then into poverty, isolation, divorce, depression, suicide, loss of
child education and loss of job. It is
also a huge socio-economic downturn with loss of productivity for the country
with young work force being trapped within four walls because of their
disability and with little help from the government or society. The disabled also requires a period of
rehabilitation to gain new skills to survive and work for a living. Unfortunately, having no dedicated centers
with such facilities in India is also a serious concern for the medical
community. Several governmental, non-governmental organizations are constantly
working hard towards increasing awareness on safety but in vain. Education and awareness is an integral part
of prevention and hence ISSICON 2018 is focused on bringing together all
concerned medical professionals in one place to share knowledge and learn how
to manage persons with spinal cord injuries.