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Dr. Ratnav Ratan made it possible for a girl with distal arthrogryposis to walk normally.

Gurugram (Haryana) [India], May 14: Strange are the ways of God! Children born with congenital conditions have a tough life ahead, along with their parents and family members who are their primary caregivers. Doctors can resolve these congenital complications either to some extent or entirely, depending upon varied factors with advancements in the medical world. And, for the treating doctors become their savior and next to God!

It was a sad plight for a 3-year-old Iraqi girl born with distal arthrogryposis who could not balance herself and had frequent falls. It was becoming difficult for her parents to look after her daily.

Online research on treatment available for distal arthrogryposis led them to Dr. Ratnav Ratan, an orthopedist in Gurgaon, and the founder-owner of Young Bones Clinic, with more than seven years of hands-on experience in treating children with orthopedic disorders.  He agreed to treat her and make her walk her normally after studying her preliminary report and investigations.

Dr. Ratnav, an Orthopedic doctor in Gurgaon states, ‘The girl was diagnosed with Distal Arthrogryposis or Freeman Sheldon syndrome (FSS) as she had a whistling face appearance, camptodactyly, and thumb-in-palm deformity. Her feet were very stiff, and they were turned in with soles facing upwards. As she was a medical tourist, I had the challenge of treating her in a limited time frame and making her walk normally.’

He further adds that children with distal arthrogryposis are likely to have joint and spine abnormalities and are likely to fall often, unable to walk or stand independently. They could also complain of breathing, feeding, or speech-related issues which worsen with age.

Distal arthrogryposis or Freeman Sheldon syndrome occurs due to the non-movement of the fetus within the womb. At times, the baby’s central nervous system is unable to send signals to muscles for movement leading to poorly developed or underdeveloped muscles and the formation of extra tissues in the joint. The other reasons are less space in the womb for movement or leakage of amniotic fluid.

Path forward

Dr. Ratnav planned a single-stage correction of both feet deformities after conducting a clinical examination and a series of in-depth testing including CT-Scans, and x-rays. Dr. Ratnav suggested a single-stage correction procedure of both the feet deformities as they were likely to stay in India for a short duration to which her parents agreed.

Dr. Ratnav and his team performed multiple procedures in single operative sitting viz. a posteromedial release with multiple tendon tenotomies, Z lengthening of tendon Achilles, anterior calcaneal shortening in both feet.

It was a successful operation, with the plasters removed after six weeks of the surgery. The patient had recovered well. The entire family was extremely pleased with the outcome of the surgery and improvement in the mobility of their child. Indeed, it was a life-saver of sorts’ surgery for the girl and her parents.

Today, the patient is a young girl who is growing very well. She can walk, play and run as a normal child. She can walk with her entire soles and heels of the feet on the ground.

In case the girl had not received further treatment for her Distal Arthrogryposis condition, her deformity would have worsened with painful joints and the development of arthritis.

Arthrogryposis in Children and their future

As arthrogryposis is a congenital condition detected even before the child is born through an ultrasound test.  The doctors can brief the parents about this condition, but eventually, early detection and treatment go a long way in recovering the child’s mobility in the best possible manner.

Each child with arthrogryposis is different. In some children, the condition is mild. It affects only a few joints, and these joints have almost as much movement as normal. In other children, the condition is more serious. It affects more joints and restricts their movement more. In extreme cases, arthrogryposis affects nearly every joint and every physical action. Otherwise, children with these conditions are quite normal with good cognitive and language skills.

As one of the leading pediatric orthopedic surgeons in Gurgoan, Dr. Ratnav Ratan, in conversation with ClinicSpots, a leading healthcare portal, states, “Early detection and treatment go a long way in children born with arthrogryposis. A comprehensive treatment approach is essential for treating such children. With the right pediatric orthopedic attention and treatment, we can resolve their deformities before they attain full growth. We, as pediatric orthopedists, focus on making them move normally and independently in the best possible manner for their well-being.”

Dr. Ratnav Ratan is available for consultation at W Pratiksha Hospital, Sec 56 – Gurgaon and patients can call on +911244131091 for appointments.

English Health

Post-Pandemic Depression and how to deal with it; Aanchal Narang Psychologist explains the basics

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], May 14: To help the readers cope with the ongoing pandemic Aanchal Narang addresses some basic issues affecting the mental health of the general population.

The shared experiences of a global pandemic call for its own set of questions to address. And one of these questions is,

“What happens after this?”

Extended isolation and social distancing bring with it depression, anxiety, touch starvation, and several other small and big traumas. Post-pandemic, these issues are not likely to just go away. So what happens next is that you allow yourself to process in order to heal, and if needed, get professional help, advises Aanchal Narang who is experiencing additional caseloads at her clinic due to the pandemic situation.

Dealing with grief, loss, isolation, abusive households, loss of a job, and loss of a regular life so to say, will inevitably mean that you have a whirlwind of emotions to deal with says, Aanchal Narang, Psychologist, and Another Light Counselling. You are also going through the loss of a “regular” life, where you’re unable to do your favorite activities, socialize normally, or basically experience any human contact. After life reverts to “normal,” you will have to deal with a completely new set of emotions. You won’t be the same person you were before. The pandemic takes its toll and you will inevitably feel weak and overwhelmed. In times like those, show yourself some self-compassion. Allow yourself to feel your pain, and address how you can work on these emotions to make yourself feel better.

According to Aanchal Narang, COVID is not just a here-and-now phenomenon. It will have a lasting impact on how the world functions and how you personally function as well, even when it no longer exists. With the overwhelming emotions, there are a few things that you should do to help yourself.

  • Work-from-home might become the new norm. Find ways to make this a bearable, if not fun, experience for yourself.
  • Look for new experiences that you can truly enjoy for yourself. Solo activities were essential pre-pandemic, but they are all the more important now to keep your mind busy and uncluttered.
  • While social distancing and self-isolation mean a lack of physical human contact, find new people to interact with online. Hold game nights with your friends, join a community, find people with who you can spend time and who make you happy.

The journey to self-compassion does not start later. COVID is a difficult situation where you need to be able to deal with your mental health in a non-detrimental manner. Give yourself time to feel bad about things, process those feelings, and then work on your healing, connect to things that motivate you, and indulge in hobbies to beat the depression says, Aanchal Narang.

The consequence of not doing so could be burnout. You might be unable to find the motivation to keep living the way you do. Finding things that make you happy and healthy are essential to prevent the feeling of despair from taking over. Feeling overwhelmed is normal, how you deal with that feeling is a skill you need to hone.

Dealing with Grief

Mid-pandemic, a big emotion that a lot of us have to deal with is grief. Grief is a natural response to loss and it can be overwhelming because you’ve just had someone or something you dearly loved taken away from you.

According to Anchal Narang, Psychologist, Another light Counselling, the process of grieving and coping with the sense of loss is complex, and you should look for professional help when dealing with these emotions.

What are the stages of grief?

We’ve all heard about the stages of grief (first enumerated by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross) wherein people dealing with loss tend to go through five major stages. Not everyone goes through all of these stages nor does it happen sequentially for everyone.

  1. Denial: When you can’t acknowledge the event at all and therefore, cannot acknowledge your pain.
  2. Anger: You start to question the cause for the event and look for someone to blame; whether it be yourself or someone else.
  3. Bargaining: You tend to bargain with the universe itself, offering anything in return for reversal of the event.
  4. Depression: Here, the grief incapacitates you to the point you don’t want to do anything but wallow in unprocessed emotions.
  5. Acceptance: You acknowledge the event as well as the subsequent pain that came with it.

How do I deal with grief?

The inevitable pain that comes with grief is something that you have to come to terms with on your own and everyone has a different coping process says Aanchal Narang, Psychologist. A few ways to do so are:

  1. Acknowledge your pain. Unresolved grief can also lead to complications such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and health problems. Add a global pandemic to the mix, finding healthy ways to process your pain is difficult- but even more necessary.
  2. Accept that grief can trigger many different and unexpected emotions.
  3. Understand that your grieving process will be unique to you. While the pandemic affects everyone, your loss is personal to you. There is no wrong or right way to process these emotions- find a way that helps you.
  4. Seek out face-to-face support from people who care about you. Family and friends in similar situations mean that you have a community for your grief. Reaching out can help you deal with a lot of the emotions you feel.
  5. Support yourself emotionally by taking care of yourself physically.
  6. Recognize the difference between grief and depression.

At this point, you need to look for professional help. Depression needs help that is different from the process of grieving. The faster you get help, the less likely you are to fall into a spiral of unresolved emotions. With professional help, you can equip yourself with a set of tools that are unique to your pain and how you want to work through it.

English Technology

Mobile Salon App- All Salon Under One Roof

New Delhi [India], May 14: Mobile Salon (A Venture of Think Better Services & Entertainment Private Limited) aims for the betterment and empowerment of salon and beauty professionals, as well as their beloved customers, making their lives easier. Platforms like Mobile Salon propose a real and simple solution to turn customer frustration into customer satisfaction. Mobile Salon is a mobile application created to help people get the best salon services within few clicks.

With technological advances, various service industries have turned to mobile apps for reaching more customers and making it easier for them. We now have the choice to browse through different salons in our city and book services instantly. If you’re a business owner, you can take your services online with this app. The registration process is simple to follow and will connect you with many customers. https://mobilesalon.in/

Mr. Parveen, Mr. Gautam and Mr. Sachin created this platform to connect local salons to the digital platform. This is an industry that hasn’t been integrated with on-demand mobile applications yet. A customer might have to wait in long queues at the salon or parlour, and this becomes difficult if he/she requires any urgent service. This app lets users book appointments in advance or find salons that don’t have much crowd to fulfil their immediate requirements.

Together, they are set to create history in the salon industry. At present, the app has over 10,000 active users and over 19,700 downloads from different locations. Many local salons have registered on the app, i.e., the revenue has been over 2 Lakh rupees. “We are honored to have KikuSharda and ShyamRangeela as Brand Ambassadors of Mobile Salon”, says Mr. Sachin. The Brand Ambassador program is a part of creating awareness about the mobile app and its services amongst the youth.

Solving your everyday Salon problems

In this modern era, people want every service fast & without hassle. And they don’t have time to make their appointment by coming to your salon every time. This is not a problem that affects me individually or affects the people in India. This is a global problem. The app is focused on solving all those issues that arise with making booking appointments or getting a salon service on an urgent basis. You might call the salon for an appointment, and the person might not receive your call. This delays your schedule. Or you might reach the salon without making an appointment. Our app lets you find free time slots, and you can book the one which fits your schedule the best.

While you might not feel safe to call Beauticians at your home, the app has a better solution for you. Find the best salons in an area, book an appointment, make online payments and get your invoice immediately. The booking services are open 24×7 so that you can enjoy a seamless experience.

The company aims at providing a VIP salon experience to its users. They follow ethics to stay transparent and honest with their services. The main focus is to make lives easier for the customer and the Salon experts and beauty professionals. You will be able to access all the local salons in your area with a single click.

Challenges Faced

“The challenges are endless when it comes to building a brand from scratch. One of the biggest obstacles for us has been spreading awareness amongst the masses. Since our app is a new idea, we must help people understand why it is worth exploring. We follow some marketing strategies so that customers start identifying our brand. This will help us reach more locations and open your app services in the coming years.” said Mr. Sachin, CEO of Mobile Salon.

The Eureka Moment

Coming up with such a brilliant idea wasn’t a magic moment. Mr. Parveen shares how Mobile Salon came into existence – “We focused on industries that are still untapped and haven’t been explored or transferred to the digital platform. After some research, we found out that the salon is one such industry that has great potential. We decided to take it to the next level by creating the Mobile Salon app. The Eureka moment would be when we identified the customer’s problems with the salon services right now. This helped us come up with the app idea.” The best part is that you might get to know about this app from your friends as the app’s recommendations are pretty high. We noticed that more than 390 people had recommended 5 to 35 this brand new app which is quite impressive for a start-up.

What makes Mobile Salon unique?

There are competitors in the salon business. Companies might have a different plan, like bringing a salon to your home, but they would still be considered competitors. Mobile Salon steps up the game here. It focuses entirely on connecting local salons with potential customers. This means that you don’t have to pay extra for any salon service. You pay your regular prices. There aren’t any hidden costs included with the pricing.

Work with Mobile Salon The company provides some fantastic benefits for the salons that sign up with the app. If you’re having a salon and need to reach more customers, this is for you. With the ‘Become a Partner’ program, you can get your salon registered through the app. Add the services you offer along with a price list. A GPS tracker would analyse the location to help you as well as the customers.

Online payments will ensure social distancing amidst the virus. Advance payments provide you with a sense of loyalty and responsibility. Customers have the option to rate and review your services. The better feedback you get, the more customers would book appointments with your salon. The app will also let you keep track of all previous customer bookings and billing details. Identify your loyal customers and reward them with some occasional discounts.

Rewards and Benefits

The salon or beautician to receive maximum positive ratings and reviews will be offered a maximum of Rs 1 Lakh. Apart from this, every beauty professional would receive an experience certificate from the company. This would be after working with the app for some time. It will help salon experts find high-paying jobs in the future.

If you’re a new salon service just opening up, you can advertise it in your area. The app needs positive reviews and feedback to rank up your salon. Do this bit, and you might get more customers than expected.