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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 45  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 382-383
Future prospects in orthopedics

Department of Orthopaedics, JSSMC, Mysore, India

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Date of Web Publication27-Jun-2011

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Jain K, Ravishankar R, Rupakumar C S, Mruthyunjaya. Future prospects in orthopedics. Indian J Orthop 2011;45:382-3

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Jain K, Ravishankar R, Rupakumar C S, Mruthyunjaya. Future prospects in orthopedics. Indian J Orthop [serial online] 2011 [cited 2020 Feb 25];45:382-3. Available from:

We read the article titled "Indian Journal of Orthopaedics: Exploring a new horizon" by Dr Anil K Jain in the January 2011 issue of Indian Journal of Orthopaedics with great interest. We are glad to see the constructive escalation of the journal and its bibliographic databases [PubMed, Science Citation Expanded and archiving agencies (Portico, Pubmed Central)]. [1] The journal website ( ) is reader and author friendly. We agree that reviewer's database is the foundation of peer review process [2] and applaud Indian Journal of Orthopaedics and their team for the constructive comments they give for our manuscripts, which indeed help us in learning, hence improvising our research work. The future prospects of this journal are very promising. We wish to share some of our thoughts in this regard.

Orthopedic surgery is constantly changing and exploring new horizons every day. [1],[3] Most of the research work is a repetition or inspired by old published literature. Although constant update of existing literature is necessary, lateral thinking in new directions is equally crucial and demand of the time. We need to expand our role from orthodox clinician to clinician scientists. [4] We suggest Indian Journal of Orthopaedics to introduce a category "innovative ideas and hypothesis." This can accommodate either ethically approved pioneering clinical study or a molecular level experimental study or scientifically sound revolutionary research protocol or just an idea based on current understanding of our subject. This will help authors to share their hypothesis and makeover ideas with others. Every published idea will make all of us think laterally which is the stepping stone to a clinical-scientist.

There is a need of a multidisciplinary approach in orthopedics. The Orthopedics has achieved success in various clinical problems, such as clubfoot and paraplegia, due to team efforts which includes other discipline such as pathology, radiology, neurosurgery, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. [5],[6] Still there is enough scope for other disciplines of medicine to contribute for betterment in our field. A recently published article in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry emphasizes the need for a formal psychotherapist-delivered counseling as part of the management of bony deformities. [7] Other areas of similar concern are chronic illnesses, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, skeletal tuberculosis, leprosy, cerebral palsy, and so on, which demand better team efforts. A molecular biologist will have a significant role to play in managing degenerative diseases, such as osteoarthritis, in future. [8],[9] A planned multidisciplinary approach holds the key for future treatment.

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1.Jain AK. Indian Journal of Orthopaedics: Exploring a new horizon. Indian J Orthop 2011;45:1-2.  Back to cited text no. 1
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2.Jain AK. Peer review: Heart and soul of scientific publication. Indian J Orthop 2009;43:3-5.  Back to cited text no. 2
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3.Jain AK, Sahu D. Indian Journal of Orthopaedics: The journey so far. Indian J Orthop 2010;44:1-4.  Back to cited text no. 3
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4.Jain AK. Research in Orthopaedics: A necessity. Indian J Orthop 2009: 43: 315-317.  Back to cited text no. 4
5.Kampa R, Binks K, Dunkley M, Coates C. Multidisciplinary management of clubfeet using the Ponseti method in a district general hospital setting. J Child Orthop 2008;2:463-7.  Back to cited text no. 5
6.Thakor HG, Murthy PS, Counselling of leprosy affected persons and the community, J Indian Med Assoc 2004;102:684-7.  Back to cited text no. 6
7.Jain K, Mruthyunjaya, Ravishankar R. Need of a formal psychotherapist-delivered counseling as a part of management of bony deformities, with emphasis on clubfoot. Indian J Psychiatry 2010;52:388.  Back to cited text no. 7
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8.Peterson L, Vasiliadis HS, Brittberg M, Lindahl A. Autologous chondrocyte implantation: a long-term follow-up. Am J Sports Med 2010;38:1117-24.  Back to cited text no. 8
9.Henderson IJ, Tuy B, Connell D, Oakes B, Hettwer WH. Prospective clinical study of autologous chondrocyte implantation and correlation with MRI at three and 12 months. J Bone Joint Surg Br 2003;85:1060-6.  Back to cited text no. 9

Correspondence Address:
Karun Jain
Department of Orthopaedics, JSS Medical College & Hospital, Mysore - 570 004
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5413.82349

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