He mentioned that recognising a patient centric approach is now becoming the focus of giving treatment to patients in South Asian countries, including India. Dr Lalith Satkunam is a Professor, in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Alberta, Canada and was present to give a talk at the conference here in Mumbai.
“Spasticity is a condition wherein there is tightening of the muscle, this occurs in many neurological conditions like stroke, brain injuries, cerebral palsy. This condition has a significant impact on the patient’s quality of life. It also has an impact on the financial cost of country’s healthcare. Hence the management of plasticity becomes important, so that patients are back to better living conditions,” he said.
He added, “In the current available techniques to treat spasticity, we have many options like offering medications, injections and surgical options and most importantly physical and occupational therapy. The focus of this conference was how to inject an injection effectively and efficiently at the correct spot,” he added.
When asked the ground reality of the situation and what should be done at the government level, he said, “The management is now becoming patient centric in all South Asian countries. This is important as South Asian countries have mulled over this fact for many years. The government should invest more on managing spasticity as it hampers productivity of the person and finally costs society.”