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Separate OPD for sportspersons at Sports Injury Centre soon

New Delhi: The Sports Injury Centre (SIC) at the Safdarjung Hospital will introduce an exclusive OPD for sportspersons from next month.

The announcement was made by SIC Director Dr Deepak Choudhary on the eve of a two-day International conference where 25 live knee and shoulder arthoscopy surgeries will be conducted.

“We don’t refuse cases from the general public but from July month onwards a dedicated OPD for sportspersons will be introduced. It will be thrice a week,” Choudhary said at a press conference.

Talking about the SIC, Dr Choudhary said the vision is to provide integrated surgical rehabilitation and diagnostic facility under one roof for sports injuries.

He also said that the Sports Ministry has recognised SIC as a referral centre for the treatment of athletes, who are preparing for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Dr Deepak Joshi, an arthoscopy specialist at SIC, said 90 percent of their cases are related to knee and shoulder injuries while others are ankle and elbow.

“Mostly wrestlers from UP and Haryana belt come to us. The recurrent shoulder dislocation is the most common problem among wrestlers,” he said.

Dr Choudhary said treatment at the SIC is quite affordable.

“There are no exorbitant charges. In private hospitals an MRI is done for Rs 6000 while here we do it for Rs 2500. Former captain Bishen Singh Bedi has recommended and advised many cricketers to visit us for treatment,” he said.

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