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Dr. S M Akerkar  - Rheumatologist, Mumbai

Dr. S M Akerkar

MD - Medicine

Rheumatologist, Mumbai

13 Years Experience  ·  600 at clinic
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Dr. S M Akerkar is a trusted Rheumatologist in Vikhroli East, Mumbai. You can meet Dr. S M Akerkar personally at Godrej Memorial Hospital in Vikhroli East, Mumbai. Book an appointment online with Dr. S M Akerkar on Lybrate.com.

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MD - Medicine - G.S. Medical college - 2004
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English
Hindi
Awards and Recognitions
Young Clinician award -- 1st Asian American International Medical Conference
Young Scientist Award -- Indian Rheumatology Association Conference
Late Shree Amrut Mody Unichem ? BJD India Research Fellowship Award

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Pirojshanagar, Vikhroli East, Landmark: Opp Godrej Towers. Landmark: Near Vikhroli Railway Station, MumbaiMumbai Get Directions
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Mayuresh Srishti Complex, Srishti Heights Parking Rd, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Bhandup WestMumbai Get Directions
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What are non-pharmacological treatment for insomnia? I don't want to get addict to medicines.

MD, Fellowship in Intergrative Medicine, MBBS
Integrated Medicine Specialist, Kochi
What are non-pharmacological treatment for insomnia? I don't want to get addict to medicines.
Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet, and cool. An easy way to remember this: it should remind you of a cave. Use ear plugs if you sleep with someone who snores Follow a daily routine that includes going to bed at the same time each night and getting up at the same time each morning. It doesn’t matter if it’s the weekend or a workday. Set fixed times and stick with it Get at least 30 minutes of outdoors time (even if it’s not sunny). Only use your bed for sleep and sex. Don’t bring screens to bed and don’t watch TV in bed. The blue in your electronic screens interferes with melatonin (sleep hormone) production. Resist sending those last emails or watching a violent movie while in bed. One of the worst barriers to sleep is watching the nightly news. If you are not tired after you have gone to bed, get out of bed and go into another room to meditate. Don’t turn on the light Never use medicines for insomnia. They are addictive and cause lot of side effects. For more specific non pharmacological advice for getting sound sleep take a consult.
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My knees make tak tak sound after standing for longer time and I felt the same in my shoulder joint too. I am a slim structure man age 45 and weight 58.

MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Jammu
My knees make tak tak sound after standing for longer time and I felt the same in my shoulder joint too.
I am a slim ...
Ur joints have weakened due to wear and tear.i suggest u to start taking tablet asthiposhak and tablet laksha adi guggul
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Gap in knee joint Sever pain when standing Acute pain appear all time prescribe some cure.

FRHS, Ph.D Neuro , MPT - Neurology Physiotherapy, D.Sp.Med, DPHM (Health Management ), BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
Gap in knee joint
Sever pain when standing Acute pain appear all time prescribe some cure.
Do take ift and vacuum therapy treatment for 12 days followed by strengthening Exeraisea from neuro physio best wishes
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Sir I am suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. My RA factor is 252. My anti ccp is 150. I have take medication of homeopathy from last 1 year. My health is now better. And my pain is almost gone. My medication is rhustox 30, kalmia 6, thrice a day alternately. And basil 200 once a week. My problem is my right knee on which I have an acl surgery and left elbow this two area's pain is still there. So I ask for cam I use topi mp gel and topi arnica those two area externally with my medication for relief pain?

MD - Homeopathy, PGDMLS, Diploma in Naturopathy & Yogic Science (DNYS), NDDY, Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine & Surgery
Homeopath, Ghaziabad
Sir I am suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. My RA factor is 252. My anti ccp is 150. I have take medication of home...
Hey lybrate-user, as you are taking these medicines from last 1 year, now you need anti miasmatic deep acting medicines for deeper action. Also you may use these local applications too.
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How can I grow up my height. How can I gain my health how can I eliminate the pain of knees.

FRHS, Ph.D Neuro , MPT - Neurology Physiotherapy, D.Sp.Med, DPHM (Health Management ), BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
How can I grow up my height. How can I gain my health how can I eliminate the pain of knees.
Do have pull up for 25 times a day do take ift and vacuum therapy physiotherapy treatment for pain relief for 12 days followed by strengthening exercise from neuro physiotherapist best wishes.
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Knee Pain - Ayurvedic Remedies For It!!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), N.D.D.Y, F.A.N
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
Knee Pain - Ayurvedic Remedies For It!!

Ayurveda is a very old system of medicine, which originated in India. Using herbs found in nature to cure various illnesses, knee pain can also be permanently cured with this method indigenous to India. It reduces knee pain caused by various illnesses including arthritis, inflammation of the cartilage and wearing of the patella among others. Here are some common Ayurvedic remedies, which help reduce knee pain:

  1. Alfalfa: Alfalfa is medically known as Medicago Sativa. Alfalfa is excellent for making sure that your joint pain reduces, when taken in liquid form four times a day.
  2. Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha is medically known as Withania Somnifera. In the West, Ashwagandha is popularly known as Winter Cherry. Also, it has a lot of therapeutic properties, which include reducing joint pains. 
  3. Banyan: The Banyan tree's medical name is Ficus Benghalensis. It has a sap very similar to the form of rubber known as latex is derived from the Banyan tree. The Banyan tree's sap is externally applied over the joints and the pain usually disappears after a few regular applications. 
  4. Bishop's weed: The medical name for Bishop's weed is Trachyspermum Ammi. The oil extracted from this herb is usually applied to the knees to reduce the intensity of such knee pains.
  5. Celery: The medical name for celery is Apium Graveolens. Celery is not only an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and associated pains in the knees, but it is also helpful in treating gout. It is usually agreed upon that this particular treatment is usually long lasting because of its alkaline nature.
  6. Dandelion: Dandelion's biological name is Taraxacum Officinale. It is rich in magnesium and is crucial for the correct mineralization of the bones. This mineralization allows the bones to become stronger and also prevents knee pain.
  7. Garlic: The medical name for garlic is allium sativum. Five to six cloves eaten everyday has proved to reduce knee pains.
  8. Ginger: Ginger is biologically called Zingiber Officinale. These can be easily included in your diet and go a long way in curbing knee pain.

I am 47 years old, my right knee is paining, I consulted orthopaedic Dr. He diagnosed osteoarthritis and gap in the knee joint. Advised krt. I am not interested in krt please suggest alternative.

M S Orthopedic Surgery, MBBS
Orthopedist,
I am 47 years old, my right knee is paining, I consulted orthopaedic Dr. He diagnosed osteoarthritis and gap in the k...
Dear Mr. lybrate-user, since you are young and only 47, its too early to have TKR, you can try alternate Chondro protective therapy.
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My grandmother have pain in knees she many times have problem of stomach ache. Suggest me any good medicine for her please.?

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics
Orthopedist, Delhi
My grandmother have pain in knees she many times have problem of stomach ache. Suggest me any good medicine for her p...
Your grand mother is most probably suffering from oa of knee. Knee surgery-total knee replacement (tkr) is quite safe & gives uniformly good results. Do ask for detailed treatment plan. Surgery should be done when patient is still active & will be able to take benefit of surgery. Do not ignore. It could be beginning of a serious problem. Kindly show me x rays before a final decision can be taken. You will be thoroughly investigated before surgery is under taken. Risk in surgery is less than the risk in crossing road.
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I am 62 years old and have a pain in knees just bcz of pain I am not able to walk. please suggest wat I do.

BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Kota
I am 62 years old and have a pain in knees just bcz of pain I am not able to walk. please suggest wat I do.
Back pain or HIP PAIN k liye back isometrics exercise kijiye or hot fragmentations kijiye. For word bandings mat kijiye. Long time ek hi positins m mat rahiye. Breegings exercise bilateral or single leg rotation kijiye phle without weight kijiye fir 1-2kg weight cuff se kijiye rotations kijiye leg single -single than avoide kijiye stair clabbings sweelings ho to ice ki massage kijiye back pain ko ap darr mat smjiye ap low back belt bi use m laa sakte h vo kisi bi tarah k jurck se apko bacha ti h deep breathing exercise kijiye I hope get well soon… thnx. Shoulder pain or elbow pain or HAND PAIN k liye ap ice massage kijiye … jurck se bachiye or shoulder wheeler exercise kijiye. Clapping kijiye. Sweeling aye to ice massage kijiye ……rotation krte rahiye. Elbow m pain ho to ap ultra sound lgaiye 4-10 days pulley exercise kijiye or weight cuff bandh kr 1-2kg k weight cuff se pendullaer exercise kijiye…. I hope get well soon thnx. Wrist pain k liye stimuleter ka use kr sakte h …. Or fingers k liye mobilization bi krsakte h I hope get well soon……thnx Leg pain k liye calf stretchings or periformis stretchings or T. F. L stretching ilio psos muscles ki stretching kijiye sweelings ho to ice pack kijiye or sweeling nhi ho to hot pack ka use ap kijiye. Heel track kijiye… weight cuff 1-2kg use kijiye or leg exercise kijitye hips up nd down exercise kijiye…. Walking kijiye phle edii rakiye fir panjaa rakijiye 6-9 kaadaam chalet huye apni walking ki capacity incress kijiye daily 1000 kaadaam ap chaliye …deep breath lijiye pani jada se jada pijiye ……. Long sitting, standing, clambing avoide kijiye I hope ap jaldi ache ho jayege thnx. KNEE PAIN k liye ap knee cap use kijiye …or hot fragmentation kijiye jada stair clambbings mat kijiye…. Long sitting or standing mat kijiye……. Heel track kijiye 4-5 time, ediii panjaa kr k chaliye 1000 kaadaam………. ANKLE PAIN k liye ap ice se massage kijiye …. Quick stretch kijiye or tempoline kr sakte h ap……for jumping……ankle toe movement kijiye countinu…. Weightcuuff bandh kr 1-2 kg k ap sit to stand kr sakte ho……. I hope ap jaldi theek ho jaayege thnx……
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I underwent total knee replacement of right knee 4 months back but still has pain and life does not straighten up. I have discontinued physiotherapy thru hosp as lady physiotherapy workers (all of them claim ,they can be called as Doctors) only tell you to do ex yourself and only count 1,2 ,3. However, the leg needs massage and pressure by a strong person. Now somebody tells me for total knee replacement, I do not have to use hot pad (since metal inside) and massage not good for knee as it may displace the metal implant. I do lot of walking, but again ,they say this is no alternative to physiotherapy Your advice, Sir Surjit (66 years male) Delhi.

MBBS, DNB (Orthopedics)
Orthopedist, Noida
I underwent total knee replacement of right knee 4 months back but still has pain and life does not straighten up.
I ...
I am sure the pain must not be so severe enough as it was before the surgery. Now thats its been 4 months, its expected that you walk independently and carry all your day to day activities. Little bit of pain on and off can come and go. The main stay of treatment remains exercises. Please see I am saying exercises and not physiotherapy to emphasise on the fact that its you who have to do it as much as you can and do not depend on the physiotherapist. The knee extension (straightening) should be full. Bending will depend on your pre operation status. I do not think you should loose hope. Do as much as possible of quadriceps exercises and do not loose hope. Total knee repacement is one of the most successful and reproducible surgery after cataract and has got good results. Cheers.
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I can't able to walk properly due to my knee problem. Doctor consult me for knee replacement operation of both the legs, but I am not ready for that currently due to some financial problem. My legs are literary bend from knee and I unable to walk without stick it is paining badly sometimes. Please help me with a home made medicine, home treatment or any other treatment without operation at least for a temporary basis. Thanks.

MBBS, Master in Healthcare Administration, Diploma in Occupational Health
General Physician, Delhi
I can't able to walk properly due to my knee problem. Doctor consult me for knee replacement operation of both the le...
Take rest walk with a support, take anti inflammatory medicines for a short duration. Intraarticular inj. Can be given for a short term temporary relief with variable response. Till you go for the surgery.
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I am 21 years old. I have a serious knee pain. Please help me. Thank you in advance.

BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Kota
I am 21 years old. I have a serious knee pain. Please help me. Thank you in advance.
Hamstring Stretch Lie on your back with your left leg flat on the floor. Loop a towel or rope around your right foot and pull your leg as far as comfortable toward your chest, while keeping a slight bend at the knee. Keep your back pressed to the floor throughout the stretch. Hold for 10 to 30 seconds and then release. Repeat 3 or 4 times with each leg. Do this stretch 5 or 6 times a week. Short-Arc Knee Extensions In the same starting position as the straight-leg raises, put a ball (about the size of a basketball) under your left knee so that your leg is bent. Slowly straighten your leg. Hold, then slowly lower. Repeat with your right leg. Exercises To Avoid A few of the following exercises can be done safely if you have chronic knee problems; they're on this list because they're more likely to be done improperly. The exercises above are safer, while still giving you similar results. •Full-arc knee extensions •Lunges •Deep squats •Hurdler's stretches.
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I have some pain in my left knee as well having problem while walking, could you please help on this.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Hubli-Dharwad
I have some pain in my left knee as well having problem while walking, could you please help on this.
1) take rest, eat boiled egg once a week, drink milk, vegitables have. Take homoeo medicines if pain doesnot subsides.
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I am 44 years old suffering from R.A .My RA is 18. 8 and esr, uric acid is normal, anti ccp test is sero negative. I suffered from thyroid but due to homeopathic treatment it is coming normal. have psoriasis on foot. Please let me know whether lam suffering from auto immune diseases. Are there any blood tests to confirm the diagnosis of auto immunity disorder. Please suggest which doctor should I consult a rheumatologist or immunologist.

DM - Rheumatology, MD - General Medicine
Rheumatologist, Mumbai
I am 44 years old suffering from R.A .My RA is 18. 8 and esr, uric acid is normal, anti ccp test is sero negative. I ...
Hi, Ms. lybrate-user, I am not sure who made a diagnosis of RA in you. RA levels are very borderline in your case and they are not high enough to make a diagnosis of RA. But having said that many Ra patients have negative tests too. You have psoriasis. The arthritis associated with psoriasis is called psoriatic arthritis. It usually is diagnosed clinically, by history and patient examination and test alone is not sufficient. Also, understand that psoriasis of the skin is itself an autoimmune condition. It doesn't require any test, we can diagnose it by just looking at the skin. Rheumatology deals with autoimmune disorders. Unfortunately, most autoimmune disorders are complex, there is not a single blood test. Many immune blood results (like RA test) can be positive in normal patients. A diagnosis can only be made with proper, history and examination along with relevant blood results. I get many patients in my OPD with positive blood results of autoimmunity, but they don't have the disease. So I hope you understood why a specialist should see you before you do or interpret any results. Since rheumatology deals with autoimmune disorders mostly, Rheumatologist and clinical immunologists are one and same in India. We mostly use the word rheumatologists rather than immunologists in India. If you have trouble finding rheumatologist in your area do let me know Regards Best wishes.
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I am a male 76 years old and have pain behind my knees (tendons I think) for the last 6 months. I take pain killers now and then. It hurts when I stretch or bend my knees. Is there any remedy. Thanks.

CCP, MBA, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Karnal
I am a male 76 years old and have pain behind my knees (tendons I think) for the last 6 months. I take pain killers n...
U need to undergo abhyanga/ swedana & patra pottali swedana. Please consult a panchakarma centre near u.
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I am 23 year old. Suffering from knee pain for last 1 year or so. My problem is increasing rapidly. I did a check up few months ago. X-RAY and MRI reports were all right at that time. What should I do.

Fellowship in Joint Replacement, Fellowship in Hand Surgery, MS - Orthopaedics, MBBS
Orthopedist, Bangalore
I am 23 year old. Suffering from knee pain for last 1 year or so. My problem is increasing rapidly. I did a check up ...
Hi, knee pain in your age will be usually patellofemoral pain/ anterior knee pain. You require knee cap application, physiotherapy and medications. Usually your pain increases on climbing stairs, getting up from chair /floor or walking uphill.
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Ayurveda For Arthritis

PG Diploma in Emergency Medicine Services (PGDEMS), Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Alternate Medicine
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad
Ayurveda For Arthritis

Inflammation and resultant pain in the joints are usually the basic tenets of Arthritis. This joint disorder can be painful and often, a debilitating one. It can also make the joints stiff. There are many ways of dealing with this problem, but with Ayurveda, one can get to the root cause of the ailment and its presence. This helps in taking a well rounded holistic approach towards treating it with ancient know how that revolves around herbs and other natural substances which have great medicinal value, lifestyle changes, diet, exercise and Yoga, oil massages, and other methods. Arthritis is known as Sandhivata in Ayurvedic jargon.

Read on to find out how Ayurveda can help in dealing with Arthritis.

  • Herbs: One can make use of various herbs that contain Linoleic Acid to help in providing lubrication to the joints so as to prevent pain and stiffness. These herbs include Borage seed oil which is extracted from Borage seed, Evening Primrose oil, Blackcurrant seed oil, Capsaicin, Curcumin, Feverfew, Flaxseed oil and a standard Ayurvedic concoction that combines Ashwagandha, Gugulla, ginger, cumin and haldi or turmeric. These substances can help in treating the joints that are suffering from the pain of Arthritis.
  • Diet: In Ayurveda, to treat ailments like Arthritis, it is usually recommended that a patient should start by flushing out the body toxins from within. Diet is one of the ways in which this can be done. A detoxification diet to clean the colon would be one of the foremost ways of doing a cleanse. Further, in one's daily diet, there should be a good dose of vegetables, fruits and other juices. Also, one must have plenty of herbs and spices, which can be used to season the food. Curd should generally be avoided and garlic should be used liberally. The various properties that help in an inside out cleanse that will help the system function in a better manner so that the treatment of ailments is also effectively supported.
  • Exercise: In Ayurveda, a certain amount of daily exercise, which spans at least 45 minutes to one hour, is a must. A pattern of healthy eating, restful sleep and exercise is what usually helps in treating ailments like Arthritis. For this ailment specifically, light exercise like walking is recommended. Various Yoga asanas that involve sitting, standing, balancing and lying down poses as well as restful poses will also help in treating knee, shoulder and lower back pain specifically. Also, mustard oil massages can help in reducing the pain.

These are the few ways in which Ayurveda can help Arthritis patients live a more normal life with minimal pain

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4 Symptoms that You are Suffering from Osteoarthritis

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics, Ozone Therapy
Orthopedist, Ghaziabad
4 Symptoms that You are Suffering from 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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Please suggest me a way to cure my knee pain. Moreover, please provide me a diet chart so that I can reduce my weight.

BAMS
Ayurveda, Ambala
Please suggest me a way to cure my knee pain. Moreover, please provide me a diet chart so that I can reduce my weight.
As you feel pain in knees, follow these usefultips for pain relief: * first check out bone mineral density (bmd). In case of low bmd, your calcium level in body are low. So take take calcium rich diet daily. Take a glass (300 ml) of full cream milk daily or 100 gm of cheese or 1-2 eggs regularly. * give a gentle oil massage to knees regularly and wrap your knees with cloth dipped in hot water for atleast 10-15 minutes. * wear knee cap or wrap crape bandage during walk for knee support. * sit atleast for 5-8 minutes in sunlight in morning or evening for vitamind. *avoid heal shoe and wear only flat shoes for balanced load on knees. * check out your blood sugar level and hemoglobin level in every 6 months. * if you have any history of rheumatoid arthritis in family then checkout your ra factor. * take guggalu tablets if himalaya one tablet daily for atleast 3 months. * take a piece of garlic, crush it and boil it a glass of milk and drink daily for fast pain relief.
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