1. ISSLS Prize (International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine) for Best Spine research in clinical sciences - Portugal, 2004.
2. International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) Macnab La Rocca Fellowship Award-2005.
3. ISSLS Sofamor Danek Best Paper Award - Bergen, Norway, June 2006
4. International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) International travelling fellowship 2010.
5. “Euro Spine Open Paper Award-2008” by European Spine society.
6. Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) International Educational Scholarship -2007.
7. “Young Orthopaedic Investigator Award” (2006) by Singapore Orthopaedic Association.
8. Scoliosis Research Society International travelling fellowship, 2014.
9. Young Investigator Award, Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI) 2014,2016.
10. Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI) - Best Spine Research Award –2006, 2005, 2004, 2003.
11. Indian Orthopaedic Association SP Mandal Gold medal for Innovative Orthopaedics - 2010.
12. “Silver Jubilee Research Award-2008” by Indian Orthopedic Association
13. “AA Mehta Gold Medal” by Indian Orthopaedic Association 2007.
14. “VT Ingalhalikar Gold Medal 2010” for best paper presentation by Association of Spine Surgeons of India.
15. Prof. Vyagreswarudu Gold Medal by Orthopaedic Society of AP (OSSAP), 2015.
16. Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) International Educational Scholarship -2006, Monterey, California, USA.
One year long fellowship at Spine division of Department of Orthopedics, National University Hospital, Singapore under Professor Wong Hee Kit, a world-renowned spine surgeon and a member of International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS), North American Spine Society (NASS), and the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) and Chairman of the Spine Section of the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association, and a Board Member of the Pacific Asian Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery was a very beneficial experience in terms of sheer quality and quantity. Through this fellowship, he was exposed to the management of entire range of spinal disorders as well as most advanced spinal surgeries like cervical and lumbar artificial disc replacements, thoracoscopic spinal instrumentation for scoliosis correction, complex occipito-cervical reconstructions, tumor resections and reconstructions. The research work done during this period on thoracoscopic scoliosis corrections won the Young Orthopedic Investigator Award by Singapore Orthopaedic Association.
Macnab La Rocca Fellowship at Rush Presbyterian St.Lukes Medical Center, Chicago Illinois under the guidance of Prof. Raghu Natrajan and Prof. Gunnar Anderson was an excellent experience working with the world leaders in spine surgery. Along with the huge clinical exposure, this fellowship also gave an excellent opportunity to do basic science research with finite element models. This fellowship was funded by the International Society for Study on Lumbar Spine, Canada and Ganga Hospital Coimbatore.
National Board of Examinations accredited Fellowship in Spine Surgery for a period of 2 years at Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore; This prestigious Fellowship is the only one that has been accredited by the National Board of Examinations, New Delhi. Working under Dr. S. Rajasekaran, a world-renowned spine surgeon and a member of the prestigious International Society for the Study of Lumbar Spine, was a very beneficial experience in terms of sheer quality and quantity. Through this Fellowship, he was exposed to the management of entire range of spinal disorders ranging from disc prolapse to cervical myelopathy, spinal tumours, spinal tuberculosis, spinal deformities and craniovertebral junction anomalies as well as the recent advances like computer aided spinal navigation surgery. By successfully completing this fellowship in 2005, he became the first National Board accredited Spine Fellow of Andhra Pradesh. The research work done by me during this period was internationally appreciated and won many International prestigious awards like ISSLS Prize, BritSpine award, ISSLS Sofamor Danek Award and Eurospine open paper Award.
During this one-year fellowship he worked with Dr. S. Rajasekaran at Ganga Hospital Coimbatore, which gave ample chance to get exposed to all types of complex trauma and advanced trauma care. This fellowship provided him an excellent opportunity for research in the field of open injuries. This work was presented in many national and international conferences and published as a key article in Journal of Bone and Joint surgery..
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1. Organizing secretary Decision making and techniques in Spine Surgery-Lumbar Spine I, Organized by Guntur Bone Club, IMA Hall, Guntur, March 15th 2008.
2. Organizing secretary Decision making and techniques in Spine Surgery-Lumbar Spine II, Organized by Mediciti Hospital, Hyderabad.
3. Organizing secretary “Spine Clinix-I” Understanding Spondylolisthesis.
4. Organizing secretary “Spine Clinix-II” Injection techniques in spine surgery..
5. Organizing Committee member for the “13th Asia pacific Orthopaedic Association Operative Spine Course”, 8th -11th March 2007, Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore, India.
6. Organizing Committee Member for the ‘Combined Instructional Course on Spinal Surgery’, a joint meeting of the Association of Spine Surgeons of India and the Spine Society of Europe, August 2003, Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore
7. Organizing Committee Member for the ‘First Trauma Conference of the Asia-Pacific Orthopaedic Association’, April 2003, Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore
8. Organizing Committee Member for ‘Instructional Course on Spine-2’ (Spinal Deformities), Dec. 2002, Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore
1. (ISSLS Prize Winner) A Study of Diffusion in Human Lumbar Discs: A Serial Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study Documenting the Influence of the Endplate on Diffusion in Normal and Degenerate Discs. S. Rajasekaran PhD, J. Naresh Babu, MS, R. Arun, MBBS, B. Roy Wilson Armstrong, MBBS, Ajoy Prasad Shetty, MS, and S.Murugan, MD. SPINE Volume 29, Number 23, pp 2654-2667, 2004.
2. The Normal Diffusion Pattern Of Human Lumbar Intervetebral Discs. A. Ranganathan, S. Rajasekaran, J Naresh Babu and A Prasad Shetty. J Bone Joint Surg (B) 2005 proceedings; Vol 87, SUPP III, 235.
3. Translaminar facetal (Mager'l) Screw fixation. S. Rajasekaran, J. Naresh-Babu Neurol India. 2005 Dec;53(4):520-4.
4. A score for predicting salvage and outcome in Gustilo type-IIIA and type-IIIB open tibial fractures.Rajasekaran S Naresh Babu J, Dheenadhayalan J, Shetty AP, Sundararajan SR, Kumar M, Rajasabapathy S. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2006 Oct;88(10):1351-60.
5. Morphological Changes during Growth in Healed Childhood Spinal Tuberculosis: A Fifteen-Year Prospective Study of Sixty-One Children Treated by Ambulatory Chemotherapy. S Rajasekaran, Ajoy P Shetty, J Dheenadhayalan; J Naresh-Babu; T Kishen.- J Pediatr Orthop. 2006 Nov-Dec;26(6):716-24.
6. Review of postcontrast MRI studies on diffusion of human lumbar discs. S.Rajasekaran, J. Naresh Babu, KS Murugan, J Magn Reson Imaging. 2007 Feb;25(2):410-8. Review.
7. Pharmacological enhancement of disc nutrition and differentiation of healthy, ageing and degenerated discs. Results from serial post-contrast MRI studies in 365 human lumbar discs. S.Rajasekaran, K.Venkatadass, J.Naresh-Babu MS, K.Ganesh, Ajoy.P.Shetty. European Spine journal, April, 2008..
1. A Study of Diffusion in Human Lumbar Discs -A Serial MRI study documenting the influence of the endplate on diffusion in normal and degenerate discs. Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI) - Depuy Best Spine Research Award winning paper presentation. Pune Jan-2004.
2. Endplate Damage in Lumbar Discs Can Be Identified In-vivo By Post-Contrast MRI Studies. Dr. S. Rajasekaran, Dr. J. Naresh Babu, Dr. R. Arun, Dr. BRW Armstrong, Dr. Ajoy Prasad Shetty, Dr. KS. Murugan. ISSLS - Poster (P238) Spine week-2004 Porto, Portugal.
3. ‘A Comprehensive Trauma Score To Prognosticate Outcome In Grade III B Open Tibial Fractures’. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 71st Annual Meeting March-2004 • San Francisco, CA. Rajasekaran S, Rajasabapathy S, Kumar P.V Manoj, Naresh Babu J, Dheenadhayalan J, Ajoy Shetty Prasad, Maheswar Canjivaram.
4. Endplate Damage in Lumbar Discs Can Be Identified In-vivo By Post-Contrast MRI Studies. Dr. S. Rajasekaran, Dr. J. Naresh Babu, Dr. R. Arun, Dr. BRW Armstrong, Dr. Ajoy Prasad Shetty, Dr. KS. Murugan. Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association Triennial Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-2004.
5. Far lateral Lumbar Disc Herniation Treated by Paraspinal Microsurgical Muscle Splitting Approach. Association of Spine Surgeons of India Annual Conference-2005, Bangalore.
6. Endplate Damage in Lumbar Discs Can Be Identified In-vivo By Post-Contrast MRI Studies. Annual Conference of Orthopaedic Association of South Indian States (OASISCON-2004) Thrisur, Kerala.
7. Far lateral Lumbar Disc Herniation Treated by Paraspinal Microsurgical Muscle Splitting Approach. at the Annual Conference of the Tamil Nadu Orthopaedic Association, 2005. Cuddalore.
8. The Indications and Safety of Primary Closure in Open Injuries of Limbs. Indo-German Orthopaedic foundation Annual Conference. 2003, (IGOF-2003) Kanpur.
9. ‘A Study of Diffusion Pattern in Human Lumbar Intervertebral Discs; An MRI Evaluation’ at Annual Conference of Orthopaedic Association Of South Indian States (OASISCON-2003) Bangalore.
10. ‘Evaluation of Safety of Immediate Post debridement Closure in Open Injuries of Limbs’ Annual Conference of Orthopaedic Association of South Indian States (OASISCON-2003) Bangalore.
11. ‘Prospective Evaluation of Adverse Events in a Busy Orthopaedic Unit’ at the Annual Conference of the Tamil Nadu Orthopaedic Association, 2003. Kodaikanal.
12. ‘Role of Interloking Nailing in the Diaphyseal fractures of Tibia’ at Andhra Pradesh Chapter Of Indian Orthopaedic Association 2001 Warangal.
13. ‘Pantalar Tarsal Coalition’ at Andhra Pradesh Chapter Of Indian Orthopaedic Association 2000 Vishakapattanaum.
14. Primary Closure In Open Injuries-Adventurous Or Advantageous?- Andhra Pradesh Chapter Of Indian Orthopaedic Association 2003 Hyderabad.
15. ‘Resection and Reconstruction Of Primary Vertebral Tumors’- Andhra Pradesh Chapter Of Indian Orthopaedic Association 2003 Hyderabad.
16. ‘Primary closure in open injuries of limbs- Indications and safety. At 48th Annual Conference of Indian Orthopaedic Association Dec-2003 at Chennai.
17. Endplate Damage in Lumbar Discs Can Be Identified In-vivo By Post-Contrast MRI Studies. S Rajasekaran, Naresh Babu, K Murugan, A Shetty, American Acadamy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Chicago, Illinois, 2006.
18. The Normal Diffusion Pattern of Human Lumbar Discs. S Rajasekaran, Naresh Babu, K Murugan, A Shetty, American Acadamy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Chicago, Illinois, 2006.
19. Diffusion of human lumbar intravertebral discs can be enhanced pharmacologically with oral nimodipine. S Rajasekaran, Naresh Babu, K Murugan, A Shetty, International Society for Study on Lumbar Spine (ISSLS), Bergen, Norway, 2006.
20. Closing – Opening wedge osteotomy of spine to correct severe post tubercular kyphotic deformities of the spine. S Rajasekaran, A Shetty ,Naresh Babu, Vidyadhara S. Scoliosis Research Society. (SRS) Monterey, California, USA.
21. Behavior of proximal thoracic curve and coronal balance after thoracoscopic selective anterior fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.- a longitudinal study with minimum 2 yrs follow-up.Dr. Naresh Babu, Peng Y, Tao HR, Hee HT, Wong HK. 39th Singapore Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific meeting. Singapore.
1. Standing… keeping one foot forward of the other, with knees slightly bent, takes the pressure off your low back.
2. Sitting… sitting with your knees slightly higher than your hips provides good low back support.
3. Reaching… stand on a stool to reach things that are above your shoulder level.
4. Moving Heavy Items… pushing is easier on your back than pulling. Use your arms and legs to start the push. If you must lift a heavy item, get someone to help you.
5. Lifting… kneel down on one knee with the other foot flat on the floor as near as possible to the item you are lifting. Lift with your legs, not your back, keeping the object close to your body at all times.
6. Carrying… two small objects (one in either hand) may be easier to handle than one large one. If you must carry one large object, keep it close to your body.
7. Sleeping… sleeping on your back puts 55 lbs. of pressure on your back. Putting a couple of pillows under your knees cuts the pressure in half. Lying on your side with a pillow between your knees also reduces the pressure.
8. Weight Control… additional weight puts a strain on your back. Keep within 10 lbs. of your ideal weight for a healthier back.
10. Minor Back Pain… treat minor back pain with anti-inflammatories and gentle stretching, followed by an ice pack.
The ABCs of Backpacks
More than 40 million students head off to class each day with backpacks slung over their shoulders. About 20 million of those students are carrying twice the recommended weight on the back which can lead to stress injuries and spinal pain that can worsen with age.
According to a survey conducted by the North American Spine Society, 42.6% of NASS member physicians have treated children or teens suffering from back pain or spine trauma caused by overloaded or improperly used backpacks. The diagnoses range from cervical, thoracic and lumbar strain to spondylolysis, a stress fracture in a vertebra.
To raise awareness of this issue, the spine care providers of the North American Spine Society came up with the ABC’s of Backpacking – tips for preventing backpack injuries.
keeping one foot forward of the other, with knees slightly bent, takes the pressure off your low back.B: Back to basics
20.8% of the spine specialists polled recommend the traditional style backpack. If you opt for this style, make sure the pack has two thick, padded straps along with a waist strap for added lumbar support.C: Comfort counts
30.7% of NASS members recommend that parents don’t buy the first back pack they see. It’s important to make sure the backpack feels comfortable to the child and the straps can be adjusted for a tight fit.D: Don’t overload
Whatever backpack style parents choose for their children, it’s important to remember it's what’s inside that really counts! In fact, 64% of those surveyed claim that overloading the pack is the number one way children and teens improperly use their backpacks. All of the doctors surveyed agreed that the size of the pack should be proportionate to the child, NOT to the size of the items he will be carrying.E: Everything is too much
Pack only what you need! NASS members recommend that the pack should weigh no more than 10-15% of the child’s body weight.F: Fit your frame
Always use both straps and adjust them snugly on your shoulders.G: Get organized
Organize the pack so the heavy items are closest to your back. Use smaller compartments to help store loose items and distribute the weight evenly.H: Heavy hurts!
Don’t carry more than you can handle. Make frequent stops to unload the pack. Encourage your child not to carry all the books they will need for the day. Former NASS President Joel Press, MD, a leading physiatrist at the Chicago Rehabilitation Institute, says, “When used properly, backpacks are a great way for kids to carry their schoolbooks and supplies they need throughout the day. Parents should be sure and ask their children if they feel any pain in the back or the neck. And, if a child is experiencing discomfort, be sure and take it seriously and see a specialist.” If parents are concerned about the heavy school loads children and teens are carrying on a daily basis, they can also: a.Contact the school and work with teachers to identify ways to lighten the load. b.Ask for a second set of books – one set for home and the other to be left at school (another cost effective option is to make photocopies of the week’s book chapters at the library). c.Encourage children to be active and to strengthen the muscles in and around the back and neck to protect and aid in injury prevention.
The best prevention begins in childhood. However, it is never too late to make small but effective changes that can stave off or even reverse bone loss. Your risk of developing osteoporosis depends on how much bone mass you build between ages 25 and 35 (peak bone mass) and how quickly you lose it as you grow older. The higher your peak bone mass, the more bone you have “in the bank” and the less likely you are to develop osteoporosis during normal aging. Getting enough calcium and vitamin D (which is essential for absorbing calcium) and exercising regularly can help ensure that your bones stay strong.
Calcium. The skeleton contains 99% of the body’s calcium. Calcium is necessary for proper functioning of the heart, nerves and muscles and is involved in vital functions from blood clotting to muscle contraction. As profoundly important as calcium is to these essential body functions, your skeleton’s health is so dependent on this mineral that it uses all but 1% of your body’s calcium. A diet low in calcium contributes to your risk for osteoporosis. Milk and dairy products as well as leafy green vegetables provide the calcium bones need.
Vitamin D is necessary for the body to absorb calcium. Not getting enough vitamin D can cause your body to use the calcium stored in your bones. Sources of vitamin D include fortified milk, cod liver oil, egg yolks, liver and fatty fish such as salmon.
Exercise is crucial to good bone health. In particular, weight-bearing exercises (including but not limited to weightlifting, jogging, walking, hiking, stair climbing and push-ups) help increase bone strength. Please check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.
Lifestyle. Stop smoking. There are many dire health consequences of using tobacco. Add bone loss to that list. Limit alcohol. Excessive alcohol consumption is linked to increased bone loss. Avoid fad diets. Fad diets often restrict food consumption to the point that you may not be consuming what your body needs. Eat a well-balanced diet and consult with your doctor for advice if you need to lose weight.