Amid rapid socio-economic changes accompanied by increasing urbanisation, the country is set to experience a "substantial rise" orthopaedic problems in the near future, doctors said.
Orthopaedic experts from across the country, who had gathered here for the Delhi Orthopaedic Association's Annual Conference today, concurred on the subject.
A steady rise in ageing population and lifestyle shifts are set to drive an increasing burden of orthopaedic injuries in India, upping the need for improved procedures and better training of surgeons to make surgeries safer and more effective, they said.
Hosted by the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC), the three-day DOACON-2016 has brought together leading experts, pioneers and delegates in the field of orthopaedics to discuss ways and means to deal with the increasing prevalence of traumatic orthopaedic injuries and osteoporotic fractures.
A number of factors are driving a surge in orthopaedic problems as well as traumatic orthopaedic injuries these days, experts said.
"Socio-economic development and resultant urbanisation is accompanied by increase in use of automobiles, rise in construction activities as well as lifestyle shifts towards the sedentary that tend to weaken the muscoskeletal system," said H S Chabbra, Chief of Spine Service & Medical Director, ISIC.
"At the same time, rising life expectancy gives us a huge population of the elderly who are prone to osteoporotic fractures suffered usually in falls.
"In addition, trauma is an expediential increase in India, which is a significant number for orthopaedic related injuries... We are set to experience a substantial rise in burden of orthopaedic problems in the near future," he said.
Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra highlighted that "promoting sports medicine should be made an integral part of sports training culture in India".
"Timely intervention and safe surgeries can have dramatic effects on the recovery rate of injuries in athletes," he was quoted as saying in a statement by the association.
More than 18 academic sessions were held during the conference and informative case study scenarios discussed.
"With increasing life expectancy, problems of hip and knee arthritis is also on the rise... We have the latest and most advanced technologies as well as implants for joint replacements," said Bhushan Nariani, Head of Orthopaedic Department, ISIC.
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