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Bringing chiropractic care to India

By Scott Scanlon / Refresh Editor

Dr. Vidur K. Jain hails from India, a populous nation known for its mysticism, practicality and open-mindedness. ¶ You’d think it would be a place where chiropractic care would thrive. ¶ That may one day be the case, but now there is only one chiropractor in all of New Delhi, the capital city of about 14 million people. ¶ Jain will become the second. ¶ The 56-year-old orthopedic surgeon runs a small hospital in New Delhi designed to help those with broken bones and aching joints. He has spent most of the last year and a half in Buffalo as a chiropractic student at D’Youville College. He will graduate from an accelerated program in May.

In the midst of his studies, Jain returned to India in February with several D’Youville officials to share what he has learned with doctors and medical students. D’Youville – which also looks to branch out into China – hopes to enroll 10 or more Indian students in its chiropractic program by 2014-15.

Q. Chiropractic must be really different for you.

A. Orthopedic surgery is all cutting and adjusting the bones. I have been a busy trauma surgeon most of the time. I run a very busy practice where I see almost 60 to 70 patients a day. It’s me with a team of another three orthopedic surgeons and three resident doctors and six physical therapists.

We have a lot of trauma and we have a lot of geriatric patients with a lot of joint pains. Sixty to 80 people are taking physical therapy per day. I realized that 30 to 40 percent of the people had no radiological issues and still had different problems, pain. … I realized the need for some other alternative therapy which we had not been practicing in India. Those are the people where the chiropractic treatment can do wonders.

We have a population working on computers where, when they’re glued to the system they don’t even know how long they’re sitting in one position. All these eccentric postures lead to subluxations of multiple joints and … would lead to degenerative changes after 15 to 20 years. In a nutshell, my fear is they will grow older than the rest of the population. If they start taking a chiropractic adjustment [regularly], at least it will bring the joints [into balance].

Q. How did you learn about chiropractic treatments in the U.S. and what made you decide to come here?

A. While traveling to Montreal in 2009, I happened to meet a few chiropractors who have been busy treating backache patients with a technique which was different than us. It was at that time I realized that we are lacking in this particular technique of treatment for the management of spinal pain in our country.

The clinic was doing spinal decompression therapies and some kind of laser [treatment] which was giving faster relief to the patients than what we could achieve in our part of the world. … I saw patients getting up and finding immediate relief without medication. It was at that time I decided I must take time from my working schedule and try and learn this new technique of treatment because it does affect masses in our country, too.

Q. What was the reaction to chiropractic care when you returned to India with D’Youville staff?

A. It was a mixed reaction. I will know more of the reaction when I get back [after graduation]. The second half of the phase, when I took a senior chiropractor from the college faculty here for adjusting people, was very good. There were 70 patents. Out of the total lot of the adjustments we did in six days … everybody was very happy, and it included two specialist doctors, four PTs and a couple of very senior bureaucrats.

Q. The demand started immediately?

A. I told [people], If I start adjusting everybody, by the end of the day I’ll need someone to adjust me, and who’s going to do it? Eventually, I’ll have a couple of chiropractors working for me.

Q. You will graduate in May. What are your plans after that?

A. To bridge the gap in chiropractic treatment between India and North America. We do plan to apprise the government that there is something for chiropractic care that should be put into our health system, even for people at an early age.