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Dr. Shashank Akhirkar

Rheumatologist, Mumbai

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I pride myself in attending local and statewide seminars to stay current with the latest techniques, and treatment planning....more
I pride myself in attending local and statewide seminars to stay current with the latest techniques, and treatment planning.
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Dr. Shashank Akhirkar is a trusted Rheumatologist in Yugandhar, Mumbai. You can visit him at Icon Hospital in Yugandhar, Mumbai. Don’t wait in a queue, book an instant appointment online with Dr. Shashank Akhirkar on Lybrate.com.

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Kindly advise cure for cinema goers syndrome. My left knee aches when I get up after sitting for a while. No pain while walking.

MPT - Orthopedic Physiotherapy, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Mumbai
Kindly advise cure for cinema goers syndrome. My left knee aches when I get up after sitting for a while. No pain whi...
Hello prolonged sitting reduces the blood flow to the joint, second thing kneecap pain can be caused by any imbalance or dysfunction of the stabilising forces that keep the kneecap tracking smoothly in this groove, or by damage to the back surface of the kneecap. Treatment short term 1) icing 10 to 20 mins 2) taping of the specific muscle long term 1) stretching and strengthening of the muscles around the knee joint hope I answer the question regards.
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My aunt has insomnia and anxiety. She doesn't feel good at home, She is 42 years old house wife. Can you please suggest me some remedy,

BHMS, MD - Alternate Medicine
Homeopath, Nagpur
My aunt has insomnia and anxiety.
She doesn't feel good at home,
She is 42 years old house wife.
Can you please sugge...
Sleepless is a serious disorder, it is also called as insomnia. It affects physically, mentally and emotionally. Stress can result from health concerns, depression and anxiety among other things results in sleeplessness. In homoeopathy there are wonderful remedies which arrest both sleeplessness and anxiety.
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I have been facing knee joint problem but unable to take calcium tablet due to gas and other stomach problems. Request you to advise me how this problem could be solved. Regards

MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Diploma in Yog and Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
I have been facing knee joint problem but unable to take calcium tablet due to gas and other stomach problems. Reques...
Hello Lybrate user, knee pain will be relieved with AYURVEDIC TREATMENT. Have you taken XRay of knee joints. I will recommend it to do it as early as possible. Take these Ayurved medicines for three weeks. 1) Yogaraj guggulu 500 mg bd 2) maharasnadi kashay 20 ml with water after meals twice day 3) rasnadi guggulu 500 mg twice day 4) Lakshadi guggulu 500 mg twice day this is initial treatment and will reduce knee pain as well as useful for osteoporosis. Hope this helps you. Feel free to contact me for any query and further information and treatment guidelines. Thank you.
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I am 46 years old male. I have back, knee & ankle pain and my weight is 97 kg. Have done blood test many a times, but nothing abnormal. Please tell what can be reason.

MSPT (Master of Physical Therapy)
Physiotherapist, Indore
Problem is your weight. Do regular strengthening exercises for back. Knee and ankle. Thanks and regards Dr. Ritesh kharnal
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Hi, I am 41 years old I have been told by my doctor that I have gouty arthritis & after a test of" serum uric acid" the value of uric acid in my blood has come 7.2mg/dl normal range being 2.5-6.2. Can you please recommend a diet plan for me so that my uric acid comes in control. My weight is 63kg & height 5" 2.

Dip. SICOT (Belgium), MNAMS, DNB (Orthopedics), MBBS
Orthopedist, Delhi
Hi thanks for your query and welcome to lybrate. I am Dr. Akshay from fortis hospital, new delhi. There are ways to keep your uric acid value in body to low levels. General recommendations are: - decreasing intake of red meat, alcohol, rice in your diet and other purine rich sources - also increase your water intake so that uric acid is excreted from body well. - keeping your weight to normal levels will also help you. - intake of fresh fruits, citrus fruits and cherries has been implicated in reducing uric acid values in the body as well. Nowadays there is a medication by the name of febuxostat which helps in lowering uric acid levels in body but kindly check out that it suits your body. Do not hesitate to contact me if you need any further assistance. You can also discuss your case and treatment plans with me in a greater detail in a private consultation.
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How can you treat insomnia naturally? After one is treated for depression? Due to the depression treatment the patient was on some sedative medicines.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
How can you treat insomnia naturally? After one is treated for depression? Due to the depression treatment the patien...
The depression can easily be the cause of the insomnia. In the meantime, you can try out the following recommendations: In your case particularly, do not sleep during the day; don’t even lie down. Go for regular exercise (breathing through your nostrils only) at a fixed time (at about 6 am) every day, whether you sleep or not. You must develop this habit of sleeping by 10 pm latest every night and wake up at a uniform time by 6 am every morning, even if you do not get sleep. If you do not get sleep, just lie down and if you have a bed lamp (or you could get one) lie down and read something light but not exciting. Your eyes will tire and you will fall asleep. If you like you may also put on light and soft music with the sleep function on. Depending on whether you are a visual or auditory person, you may watch TV in a lying down position until you feel sleepy. Have a warm bath before going to bed (for some people a cold bath at night seems to induce sleep! If you are one of them, please do so). Place the head side of your bed in a North-South position. The room must be as dark as possible and there should be no electronic items that give off even a light LED glow. There must be ample ventilation in the room. Avoid strong odors, except lavender, on your body or in the room, or on your sheets and clothes. There should not be any live plants in your bedroom. Sleep with the lightest of clothes or without any clothing. When lying down to sleep, lie down on your left ear as much as possible. Do not sleep directly under an overhead fan. You must eat a good breakfast, a fairly light lunch, and an early dinner, which should be a very light meal. Whatever you eat in the other meals, have only a pure carbohydrate meal at night with any vegetables, and preferably before 8 pm. Do not drink much liquids after or near about dinner time. When lying down to sleep you may use the 4-7-8 breathing pattern of sleep inducement i. E. Breathe in for four counts through your nostril only, hold for 7 counts, and exhale with a whoosh sound, through your mouth only, for 8 counts. Repeat this four times in the morning and just before you sleep at night. If you know Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT (check this out either on YouTube or Google), then please practice this too for sleep induction. Self-hypnosis and slow relaxation techniques, at night will be tremendously useful. Acupuncture or acupressure will both be very useful too. Pray last thing at night before you sleep.
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My father is 75 years old. He slipped on floor and got his knee cap broken in 3 pieces as per x ray report. Dr. is advising surgery. How complex is this surgery, what precautions should be taken? Will he achieve normal mobility after surgery?

BHMS
Homeopath, Secunderabad
My father is 75 years old. He slipped on floor and got his knee cap broken in 3 pieces as per x ray report. Dr. is ad...
Surgery can be a good option because it can help him overcome immobility. If he is medically fit then the option of surgery is good. You can take a second opinion if you have not made up the mind. Post surgery, physiotherapy can help him a lot.
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I am 46 years Male getting pain under the knee back side of my both legs, every day when I go to bed at 10 PM. If I get sleep nothing happens, but when I didn't get sleep, then I am suffering more. Please let me the reason and precaution and also treatment for the above problem.

BPTh/BPT, MPTh/MPT
Physiotherapist, Noida
I am 46 years Male getting pain under the knee back side of my both legs, every day when I go to bed at 10 PM. If I g...
Avoid sitting Cross legged. Avoid Squatting- Quadriceps Exercises- Lie straight, make a towel role and put it under the knee, press the keen against the role, hold it for 20 secs. Repeat 20 times twice a day. This will help relieve some pain. Core Strengthening Exercise- Straight Leg Raised With Toes Turned Outward, repeat 10 times, twice a day.
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How Physiotherapy Helps To Manage Arthritis?

mpt
Physiotherapist, Ahmedabad
How Physiotherapy Helps To Manage Arthritis?

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. Pain, swelling, and stiffness are the primary symptoms of arthritis. Any joint in the body may be affected by the disease, but it is particularly common in the knee.

Knee arthritis can make it hard to do many everyday activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. It is a major cause of lost work time and a serious disability for many people. There are 2 types of arthritis the knee joint in the human body can get afflicted with. They are:

Osteoarthritis 

The form of arthritis which, with increasing pain, slowly wears down the joint cartilages is called osteoarthritis. This form of arthritis usually affects people after the age 40. The symptoms of osteoarthritis include:

  1. Severe pain in the knee joints
  2. Pain after walking up the stairs and it subsiding once you are on rest
  3. Severe pain after the movement of joints for a long time
  4. Pain that becomes worse in rainy days
  5. Joints becoming stiff after waking up in the morning but they improve in the latter part of the day
  6. Pain which also occurs in the thighs and the genital regions coupled with joints swelling and joints getting stiff after rest.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic form of arthritis caused because of the knee joint inflammations. This form of arthritis can occur at any age. Being an auto-immune disease, its symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  1. Severe pain in the morning
  2. Mild fever accompanying the pain
  3. Joints suddenly becoming swollen, red and warm causing, immense pain
  4. Sudden stiffness of the joints
  5. Pain that increases in cold weather
  6. Mild fever, extreme tiredness and weakening of the muscles

Doctors are still doubtful about what exactly causes the disease; but the deformation of the immune system might cause the damage of the joints, causing people who are already suffering from obesity, smokers, and women, in general, more prone to this disease.

When the knee pain is diagnosed as a form of arthritis, the following treatments are suggested:

  1. If you are overweight or obese, losing some of those extra pounds can go a long way in reducing the pain.
  2. Muscle-stretching exercises are effective in keeping the knee joints flexible.
  3. Dry needling, cupping, taping can help to control the pain and keep the joint supported.
  4. Prescribed dosage of anti-inflammatory drugs such as Tylenol, Motrin, and Advil or injections of hyaluronic acid might relieve your pain.

If regular treatments do not work, you might opt for knee-replacement surgery and osteotomy (the process of cutting a bone with the help of surgery) which might better the alignment of the knee by transforming the bone shapes.

Physiotherapy for knee arthritis

Physiotherapy treatment is aimed at improving the symptoms of the disease (i.e. knee pain, swelling, stiffness), and you should begin to notice a positive difference within one or a few physiotherapy sessions. The main goals of physiotherapy for your knee arthritis are:

  1. Reduce your knee pain and inflammation.
  2. Normalise your knee joint range of motion.
  3. Strengthen your knee: esp quadriceps (esp VMO) and hamstrings.
  4. Strengthen your lower limb: calves, hip and pelvis muscles.
  5. Improve your patellofemoral (knee cap) alignment and function.
  6. Normalise your muscle lengths.
  7. Improve your proprioception, agility and balance.
  8. Improve your technique and function eg walking, squatting. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Physiotherapist.
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I am 29years old suffering from knee joint pain for pat 3years tried more home remedies but not yet cured tried Many pain killers but of no use.

BPTh/BPT, MPTh/MPT
Physiotherapist, Noida
I am 29years old suffering from knee joint pain for pat 3years tried more home remedies but not yet cured tried Many ...
Apply Hot Fomentation twice daily. Avoid bending in front. Postural Correction- Sit Tall, Walk Tall. Extension Exercises x 15 times x twice daily - lying on tummy, take left arm up for 3 seconds, then bring it down, right arm up for 3 seconds, bring down. Bring right leg up, hold for 3 seconds, bring it down. Then right leg up and hold for 3 seconds and bring it down. Repeat twice a day- 10 times. Bhujang Asana – Lie flat on your stomach, keeping the palms out, bend the neck backward, take a deep breath and while holding it for 6 seconds, raise the chest up. Release breath and relax your body. Repeat the exercise 15 times twice daily. Core Strengthening Exercises- Straight Leg Raised With Toes Turned Outward, repeat 10 times, twice a day. Back Stretching- lie flat, pull one of the knee forward to chest, hold for 3 seconds, then bring the other knee forward to the chest and again hold for 3 seconds. Then pull both knees towards the chest and hold for 3 seconds. Repeat 10 times each exercise twice a day. Do the cat/cow stretch. Get on all fours, with your arms straight and your hands directly under your shoulders; your knees hip-width apart.
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