Founded in February 2007 by His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur, the Indian Head Injury Foundation was the outcome of a father’s concern for his injured son. After Maharaja Gaj Singh’s son Yuvraj Shivraj Singh suffered a serious head injury during a polo match, the family was subject to countless medical procedures, numerous remedial opinions and many tough decisions. Seeing the state of India’s social and medical response to head injury accidents and brain trauma, the Maharaja started on a mission to build a comprehensive system for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injury, and to provide neuro-rehabilitation to the victims of such unfortunate incidents.
Today is World Physiotherapy Day. Mental disorders either through injury or otherwise, are India’s ignored reality. To catch up with the world best practices, we need many many more Physios and Psycho Analysts.
Sadly, the Indian story is totally unsatisfactory in this special needs area and is a matter of great concern. 65000 is the essential shortage of physiotherapists, but unfortunately, even those available don't find jobs due lack of infrastructure, public apathy, lack of understanding of the essentiality of Rehab, and no concern by the Gov't. It is by and large NGOs that help the poor and burgeoning numbers in whatever way possible. There is a need for a collective and systems approach to lick this problem, otherwise the road is only one way and that is Down Hill. Please see the linked story: https://t.co/DnJYKeNsDF
On the occasion of World Spine Day, I would like to remind you all, to look after your spine, both cervical and lumbar by certain adjustments required in your lifestyle. Always maintain a good posture while sitting, do not slouch and support the lumbar spine on a straight chair if required. The neck should not be flexed for long periods, while working on a computer or a desk; the computer should be at the level of the eyes.
Keep the weight at a level appropriate for your height by maintaining a diet low in calories and carbohydrate. Smokers have increased incidence of back pain and spinal degeneration, so aim to quit if you are a smoker. Regular walking and swimming are good for the back. Avoid bending forward to lift heavy weights.
Dr. Rajendra Prasad
Sr. Consultant, Neuro Surgeon- Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals
Hon. Medical Director- IHIF
Two heads are better than one, so we’re happy to announce our partners SaveLIFE Foundation (SLF) with whom we work closely to address the serious issue of road accidents in India. We shall work toward addressing road behavior, spreading awareness on basic safety, pushing for the enforcement of traffic laws, and improving the care head injury and brain trauma victims receive. We shall also work in collaboration with countless other organisations to form the National Road Safety Alliance (NRSA). In working together, we hope to form a solid foundation from which will stem increased awareness, stricter road laws and unmatched medical prowess.