Message from the professor and chairman of the Orthopedic Surgery Department

At the Orthopedic Surgery Department, we treat diseases related to locomotorium. Not everyone may be familiar with the word locomotorium. Locomotorium collectively refers to bone, joints, the spine, muscle, ligaments and nerves. Recently, the term “locomotive syndrome” has become widely used. This term refers to a condition in which a patient is at a high risk of requiring nursing care due to a locomotive disorder. The causes of motor disorder are broadly categorized into disorders of locomotorium itself (such as osteoarthritis, spinal osteophytosis and rheumatoid arthritis) and locomotive system dysfunction due to aging. Since the population of elderly people is rapidly growing in Japan, locomotive medicine is playing a significant role. It is now highly important to maintain people’s quality of life until the end of their lives. Additionally, there has been an increasing awareness among people of encouragement to do sports with the aim of improving their health, regardless of their age and gender, and there has also been an increasing awareness of locomotive medicine.

Orthopedic surgery covers an extremely wide range of diseases. It includes not only fractures, trauma, joint disorders, spinal and spinal cord diseases, bone and soft tissue tumors, bone system disorders and peripheral nervous system disorders; but also covers pediatric orthopedic surgery, hand and foot surgery and rehabilitation. We would like to develop advanced medicine and standardize it in such areas, and we would also like to provide high quality medical services.

Medicine progresses on a daily basis, and progress in the orthopedic area has been dramatic. We would like to apply the latest therapy that we have acquired as a result of our research to the clinic as soon as possible. The Orthopedic Surgery Department at Kanazawa University Hospital is committed to contributing to patients and providing the optimal treatment to those suffering from locomotive system disorders.

Hiroyuki Tsuchiya, Professor and Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery, Kanazawa University