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Does Ayurveda give relief to people suffering from osteoarthritis. What treatment is the best? Which hospitals/centers are the best.

MS. ORTHOPAEDICS DNB ORTHOPAEDICS Fellowship in spine surgery
Orthopedist, Mumbai
Sir, Osteoarthritis is an ageing problem, So it need to be properly evaluated and yes both Ayurveda and allopathy gives a good relief. But avoid taking long term steroids as these are been prescribed a lots by ayurvedic practitioner. Stay away from these medicines.
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Abnormal Sensations - Can It Be A Sign Of Osteoarthritis?

DNB - Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Fellowship In Joint Replacement
Orthopedist, Bangalore
Abnormal Sensations - Can It Be A Sign Of Osteoarthritis?
As you age, the cartilage cushioning your joints starts wearing down, causing the bones to rub against each other. This causes osteoarthritis, which is a type of degenerative disease caused. The rubbing of the bones causes inflammation of the joints. The joints of the arms and legs along with the lower back are most commonly affected by this condition.


Here are some common symptoms, which indicate that you are suffering from osteoarthritis:


1. Pain and tenderness: An aching back, knees, neck and hip with severe pain are some of the most common symptoms of osteoarthritis. The pain caused during the early stage of arthritis is classified into tenderness and pain. A sharper pain may be felt while moving the affected joint in a certain way. Tenderness is the discomfort experienced when the joint is pressed along with visible swelling in the affected area.


2. Joint stiffness: Joint stiffness is another early symptom of osteoarthritis. It refers to the wooden feeling, which makes a person feel slow and sluggish. The urge to rest or go to bed should be resisted. Warming up the joints with gentle exercise or moving around cause relief. It also helps in reducing the stiffness and you can continue your regular activities with more ease.


3. Abnormal sensations: When the cartilage wears down, the rubbing of the bones against each other may lead to some abnormal sensations. Grating of the joints is common in people with osteoarthritis. One may feel that their joints are cracking or clicking while moving.


4. Loss of flexibility: People who are in their early stages of osteoarthritis may face difficulty with moving the areas which are affected. This joint stiffness and pain may lead to a loss of flexibility or loss of range of motion. Range of motion refers to the extent up to which one can move his joints normally. In case you are not being able to bend your knee fully or as far as you would have done it normally, you might be experiencing osteoarthritis.


Loss of flexibility occurs slowly and gradually. A person may hurt his back unusually during a football game or may experience a stiff back in the morning after waking up. This gets more intense with time. In the later stages, you may experience joint pain even while resting.


In case you experience any symptoms of osteoarthritis, you must consult a doctor immediately. The doctor will provide you with a plan aimed at managing and getting a quicker relief from the pain caused due to osteoarthritis. Several over-the-counter medicines, braces for supporting affected joints and range of motion exercises are also effective ways of managing osteoarthritis.
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How To Manage Osteoarthritis Properly?

MD - General Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Ajmer
How To Manage Osteoarthritis Properly?
The human body is able to move fluidly because there are various joints, muscles, tendons and cartilages that work together to make this happen. Movements of the hands, legs, back, hips, knees and wrists are controlled this way. For various reasons, however, these tissues grow stiff, thereby, reducing free movement. Any movement causes pain and stiffness and swelling of the joints, which forces the patient to reduce physical activity. This reduced activity further leads to the joints becoming stiff, thus putting the patient in a difficult position.

What causes it?

The ends of the bone are covered by softer tissue called cartilage, which is responsible for allowing the free movement. In patients with osteoarthritis, this cartilage is lost and the bones rub against each other, producing pain and a crackling sound with the movement. Some of the most common causes include the following:

Age is the most common cause for osteoarthritis, with lifestyle habits playing a major role in this condition. Most joints would be affected here.
Obesity is another major cause for osteoarthritis, as the additional weight of the person puts extra pressure on the knees and the legs, leading to the wearing of the joints. The back and lower extremities are more affected than the hands in this case.
Joint injuries are another common cause for osteoarthritis, which is more localised to the area of injury.
What are the signs and symptoms?

As noted already, painful movement is the most common symptom of osteoarthritis. There could also be swelling and redness around the affected joint(s).
Diagnosis: The doctor will usually be able to identify osteoarthritis after an examination, but in some cases, an X-ray or MRI may be required to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatments available

The treatment for osteoarthritis is multipronged.

For immediate relief of the pain, non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs are used. In cases of localised symptoms, even topical creams or gels may be used.
Weight loss is extremely essential, if there is obesity that is causing the osteoarthritis.
Vitamins and supplements in good amounts can improve bone health and help in preventing and reversing the damage in some patients.
Heat therapy has proven to be quite useful in many cases to provide temporary relief
As much as the movement of the joints is painful for the patient, it is only with regular exercise that the joints can be made more flexible and mobile.
The affected joints need to be specially cared for by avoiding injury and reducing unnecessary movements.
Role of physiotherapy in the management of OA - Strengthening exercises, Taping, Manual therapy, Education/lifestyle changes, Modalities, Agility and perturbation training.
The definitive therapy of OA is joint replacement (total/partial knee/hip joint replacement).
In addition, support groups and counselling may also help significantly in patients who find their quality of life being reduced due to this condition. Remember, not all is lost with osteoarthritis. It is definitely possible to get your life back to its earlier days when you were able to move about freely.
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I'm suffering from Osteoarthritis and the recent diagnosis shows ESR counting of 15. Still I have knee pain and since yesterday I have inflammation in the foot region. I, also have Frozen shoulder. Suggest some ways to reduce inflammation in foot and pain due to frozen shoulder.

BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Bangalore
Have you been tested for RA Factor checked for Rheumatoid arthritis, get it checked and inflammation can be controlled thr analgesics and anti inflammatory medications and hot and cold pack application thrice daily along with regular exercises would help to relieve pain and stiffness and strengthening the muscles.
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Osteoarthritis Prevention

DNB, MBBS, Fellowship in Joint Replacement
Orthopedist, Mohali
Osteoarthritis Prevention
Overview

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a disease that affects the joints(Knee,Hip) in your body. Cartilage covers the joints between bones, protecting and cushioning them. OA occurs when the cartilage breaks down, causing pain, swelling, and limited mobility. Some risk factors for OA include: Heredity, Gender, Age, Overweight and Inactive Lifestyle. Women who have gone through menopause have a higher risk of getting OA because their bodies slow down or stop producing estrogen, which helps bones grow. OA can also be inherited.There is no cure for OA, however you can manage symptoms and reduce risk factors. If you do develop OA, there are many lifestyle changes you can make to slow the course of the disease.

Jobs that involve a lot of repetitive motion can be hard on your joints.

kneeling

lifting

twisting

running

Exercise

Low-impact exercise can improve joint health. Look for activities that include strength training and stretching in addition to aerobic exercise. Regular exercise can help slow down, or even prevent, OA. Exercise helps people by:

maintaining healthy joints

relieving stiffness

reducing pain and fatigue

increasing muscle and bone strength

Maintain a healthy weight

Excess weight is one of the biggest risk factors of OA, as it puts extra stress on your joints, which can speed up the deterioration of joint cartilage. Overweight and obese individuals are at high risk of developing OA. Losing weight can help reduce pain and improve symptoms.

Rest

Exercise can help people develop healthy joints and muscles, but overuse of joints can increase the risk of developing OA. The key is balance. If your joints are swollen or achy, give them a break. Try to avoid using a swollen joint for at least 12 to 24 hours. Letting an injured joint heal helps reduce the risk of developing OA there in the future.

Control blood sugar

Diabetes may be a significant risk factor for developing osteoarthritis. High glucose levels can speed up the formation of molecules that make cartilage stiff, and diabetes can also trigger inflammation that can accelerate cartilage loss. Keeping diabetes under control and regulating your glucose levels can help prevent OA.

Although there is no cure for osteoarthritis, there are many ways to prevent it and manage its symptoms. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with low-impact exercise, getting adequate rest and enough sleep, and maintaining a healthy diet and weight are simple ways you can reduce and manage OA symptoms so that you can live a healthy and fulfilling life.




Know The Symptoms Of Osteoarthritis!

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - Orthopaedics, DNB - Orthopedics, MCh (Ortho)
Orthopedist, Navi Mumbai
Know The Symptoms Of Osteoarthritis!
As you age, the cartilage cushioning your joints starts wearing down, causing the bones to rub against each other. This causes osteoarthritis, which is a type of degenerative disease caused. The rubbing of the bones causes inflammation of the joints. The joints of the arms and legs along with the lower back are most commonly affected by this condition.

Here are some common symptoms, which indicate that you are suffering from osteoarthritis:

1. Pain and tenderness: An aching back, knees, neck and hip with severe pain are some of the most common symptoms of osteoarthritis. The pain caused during the early stage of arthritis is classified into tenderness and pain. A sharper pain may be felt while moving the affected joint in a certain way. Tenderness is the discomfort experienced when the joint is pressed along with visible swelling in the affected area.

2. Joint stiffness: Joint stiffness is another early symptom of osteoarthritis. It refers to the wooden feeling, which makes a person feel slow and sluggish. The urge to rest or go to bed should be resisted. Warming up the joints with gentle exercise or moving around cause relief. It also helps in reducing the stiffness and you can continue your regular activities with more ease.

3. Abnormal sensations: When the cartilage wears down, the rubbing of the bones against each other may lead to some abnormal sensations. Grating of the joints is common in people with osteoarthritis. One may feel that their joints are cracking or clicking while moving.

4. Loss of flexibility: People who are in their early stages of osteoarthritis may face difficulty with moving the areas which are affected. This joint stiffness and pain may lead to a loss of flexibility or loss of range of motion. Range of motion refers to the extent up to which one can move his joints normally. In case you are not being able to bend your knee fully or as far as you would have done it normally, you might be experiencing osteoarthritis.

Loss of flexibility occurs slowly and gradually. A person may hurt his back unusually during a football game or may experience a stiff back in the morning after waking up. This gets more intense with time. In the later stages, you may experience joint pain even while resting.

In case you experience any symptoms of osteoarthritis, you must consult a doctor immediately. The doctor will provide you with a plan aimed at managing and getting a quicker relief from the pain caused due to osteoarthritis. Several over-the-counter medicines, braces for supporting affected joints and range of motion exercises are also effective ways of managing osteoarthritis.

How Ayurvedic Remedies Can Curb Osteoarthritis Pain?

BAMS
Ayurveda, Hyderabad
How Ayurvedic Remedies Can Curb Osteoarthritis Pain?
Osteoarthritis is referred to as a degenerative condition where the protecting cartilage of a particular body joint (which helps in smooth movement) slowly wears away with time. Osteoarthritis occurs mainly in joints of the hand, neck, hips, spine and knees. As time passes, osteoarthritis might result in severe and unbearable pain along with increased stiffness in the affected parts of the body. The affected body joints might also lose flexibility, which might result in a particularly unpleasant sensation.

Causes and risk factors
You could be at risk of suffering from osteoarthritis due to any of the following factors

If you are suffering from obesity.
There is history of osteoarthritis within the family
You have suffered severe injury in one or many body joints in the past.
You are beyond the age of 60.
Your job requires you to put considerable stress in one of the body joints.
Ayurvedic approach to osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis tends to be a chronic condition and can never be fully cured although it can be controlled and reduced drastically. Ayurvedic treatments can offer a suitable and potent remedy to patients suffering from osteoarthritis. In Ayurvedic scriptures, Osteoarthritis occurs as a result of an imbalance of the Vata Dosha. This condition occurs primarily because of a regular consumption of stale and unhealthy foods, which result in severe pain in the joints. The Ayurvedic remedies offer to prevent further degeneration as well as restore the ability of the affected cartilage. Apart from encouraging the consumption of freshly cooked meals and drinks, the other useful Ayurvedic remedies are as follows:

An application of a mixture of dried ginger powder and hot mustard oil on the affected body joints might help to cure the pain.
Mix turmeric, camphor, garlic powder in hot sesame oil. Then apply it daily on the affected areas. This will not only provide relief from pain, but will also improve mobility.
Daily consumption of Triphala powder might help in the subsequent cure of osteoarthritis by purifying the colon.
Daily consumption of 30 ml herbal juice extracted from the Deodar tree roots, might cure osteoarthritis. You need to consume this preparation 2 to 3 times daily.
Daily massage with groundnut oil on the affected area may also reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
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I am 22 years old. I have contusion in my right shoulder and doctor prescribed me to take glucosamine 500 mg od ,is it ok for this ?

T.M.M.F, pain management, T.M.M.F.,
Physiotherapist, Madurai
Glucosamine helps to re-build joint cartilage, si, it's obvious, that your doctor feels, degeneration of your shoulder cartilage, Consult a manual physiotherapist, we can glide your joint, to give instant relief GOOD LUCK.
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Is cycling is good for 58 years man with moderate osteoarthritis of knee joints, how much body weight is going to fall on knees in cycling?

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics
Orthopedist, Hyderabad
Is cycling is good for 58 years man with moderate osteoarthritis of knee joints, how much body weight is going to fal...
Cycling and walking are good exercises to strengthen your knee muscles. But if you experience increase in pain while walking and cycling better to avoid them.
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