Aster Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a holistic centre dedicated for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR), has started functioning at Aster Wayanad Speciality Hospital, located at Meppadi in Wayanad district.The centre modelled after CMC Vellore is the first such centre in north Kerala.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR), also known as physiatry or rehabilitation, is a medical specialty that helps people to regain body functions and movements lost due to disease, disorder or injury.Dr.BabeeshChacko, Chief Consultant and Head, Aster Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,said that Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is very useful in the treatment of patients who suffered head injuries, patients bedridden for a long period following paralysis, patients suffering from multiple sclerosis or cerbral palsy, persistent back and neck pain and burn injuries and amputees. He added that PMR treatment helps to address various conditions in children including Down syndrome and other genetic disabilities, autism and speech disorders to some extent, if treated early.
Aster Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Aster Wayanad, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, follows a team approach in treatment. The team includes doctors, other health experts, patients and their family members. The centre is headed by Physiatrist Dr.BabeeshChacko, who has done MD in PMR from CMC Vellore. Neurologists, orthopaedic surgeons and psychiatrists are part of the PMR team. The team also includes occupational therapists, physiotherapist, speech and language therapists, social workers, nurses, psychologists and dieticians.
Aster DM Healthcare Chairman Dr. Azad Moopen addressed the function presided over by Executive Trustee U. Basheer at Medical College campus. Dr. Jacob Alappatt, HoD, Neurosurgery, Aster MIMS, inaugurated the centre. Dr. Ashraf P. V., Senior Consultant and Director, Department of Neurosciences, released the brochure of PMR. U. Basheer carried out the distribution of artificial limps organised in connection with the inauguration.
Dr.BabeeshChackospoke on the PMR treatment available at Aster Wayanad. Dr. Manoj Narayanan, Superintendent, DM WIMS Medical College; Dr.GopakumaranKartha,Dean;FarhanYasin, Aster Kerala and Oman Cluster Regional Director; Dr.Bobina Rachel Chandy, Associate Professor, PMR Department, CMC Vellore;Dr. Dennis, Chong, Consultant Physiatrist, USA;Dr. George Tharyan, Prof. and former Head, PMR, CMC Vellore; Dr.SubhaSreenivas, Head, General Medicine, DM WIMS; Dr.Jayakumaran M., Head, Orthopaedics Department, DM WIMS; Dr. Prasad Mathews, Consultant, Physiatrist, UK; Dr.Vinay Kumar, Consultant, Neurosurgery, Aster Wayanad and Dr.PratheeshAnand, Senior Specialist, Neurology, Aster Wayanadattended the inaugural function.