Dilapidated roads causing joint issues to Karachiites, say Health experts
Orthopedic surgeons have urged the citizens to take care of their health, saying that traveling on dilapidated roads in Karachi after continuous heavy rains is causing irreparable damage to the spinal cord of the citizens, resulting in Back pain and neck problems are on the rise.
Senior rheumatologists associated with Pak-American Arthritis Center and Al-Ehed Medical Center at the Karachi Press Club said in a press conference that, 70 percent of back pain patients reported in city hospitals are men and women who ride motorcycles or travel in rickshaws.
He said that car riders are also suffering from various bone and muscle disorders as a result of dilapidated roads of Karachi.
Dow University of Health Sciences Musculoskeletal and Arthritis Specialist Dr. Tabib Rasool, Renowned Rheumatologist Dr. Tahira Parveen, Director of Al-Ehed Medical Center Roman Khan and Managing Director of Pak-American Arthritis Center Dr. Saleha Ishaq from America addressed an online session.
Medical experts said that patients who ignore back or spinal cord pain or suffer from the same pain repeatedly are at risk of permanent disability.
They said that as a result of dilapidated roads, where poor patients are facing additional financial burden due to treatment and medicines, these people are losing jobs and daily due to long bed rest.
Dr. Tabib Rasool said that due to the impact while riding in bikes and rickshaws and the rough condition of the roads, the discs slip as a result of which the seals of the spinal cord are compressed.