Bengaluru hospital offers free consultation for Parkinson patients

Learn to fight Parkinson’s on this World Parkinson’s Day at BR Life SSNMC Hospital where a free consultation clinic for patients to understand the disorder and its symptoms better is being offered

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Bengaluru: On the occasion of World Parkinson’s Day, BRAINS Basal Ganglia Support Group in association with BR life SSNMC Hospital is organizing a day-long awareness session to educate and empower patients and their caregivers on Parkinson’s disorder and different therapies to deal with it. This awareness session will include lectures and interactive gatherings at BR Life SSNMC Hospital, Rajarajeshwari Nagar for the patients from different regions of Karnataka on April 11, 2019, from 10.00 AM.

A free Parkinson’s consultation clinic will also be set up in the hospital premises where doctors will help these patients to identify symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. More than 70 patients from across the state are expected to participate in the event.

Parkinson’s disease, a condition which is known to affect more than 6.5 million adults worldwide requires maximum attention today, with the number of patients increasing every year while the reasons for this disease still remain unknown.  This condition usually stands out for the motor symptoms that it causes, which include tremors, rigidity in the limbs, impaired balance, and a lack of control over movements.

Quality of care required for the patients is ignored largely due to lack of knowledge about the disorder.  A patient suffering from Parkinson’s disease needs overall medical attention and undergo different therapies such as counselling, yoga, and regular physical exercise to manage daily activities comfortably. Keeping this in mind, a set of neurosurgeons and neurologists, dieticians and experts in yoga, dance and other forms of physical exercise will address the session and brief families and the care givers about the importance of these alternative treatment methods that are known to help improve mobility and quality of life of patients.

Speaking about the rising incidence of Parkinson’s disease in India, Dr N K Venkataramana, Founder & Chief Neurosurgeon,  SSNMC, BRAINS said, “The prevalence of Parkinson’s disease is increasing in India every year. Even though it is mostly seen amongst the elderlies, above 50 years old,  stress and modern lifestyle has contributed largely to the rise of this neurodegenerative disorder in young adults today. In addition, a group of  Autoimmune disorders and Genetic disorders are contributing to the young onset  Parkinsons disease. Also, taking care of these patients is becoming difficult owing to a lack of knowledge about the therapeutic treatment. Hence, support groups like Basal Ganglia help the patients and their families to understand the illness in general and get better prepared to face the problems “.

Basal Ganglia Support Group started for Parkinson’s patients and their care givers in 2007 by Mrs. B R Radhamani and Dr N K Venkataramana. Today, the group has over 140 members who meet once in a month to discuss the therapies as well as a variety of day to day problems thereby, improving the quality of life.

Commenting on the event, Colonel Hemraj Singh Parmar, Group CEO BR Life said, “It is important for each of us to know and understand the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Even though this condition cannot be cured, early detection can help in improving the quality of life of the patient and their families.”

Parkinson’s patients can join the Basal Ganglia support group on April 11, 2019, at BR Life SSNMC Hospital. For further details on registration, please contact Mrs. Radhamani at +91 8861004605, email: [email protected]. website: www.brainshospital.com