With age we often experience gradual wear and tear of our body parts, which leads to slow down of body functions. Wear and tear of bones and joints often make movement difficult in various parts, such as hands, hips, legs, knees, ankles, etc. Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis are a two serious and common conditions where wear and tear of the bone is significant. The pain and stiffness in the affected joints vary, but for most people, restricted movement is the main issue. The relieving news is that there are effective, natural methods in Ayurveda which are tested over centuries and used even to date.
These methods aim at improving stiffness, pain control, controlling progression of inflammation, reversal of damage (if not severe), improving range of motion, improving strength and improving overall energy levels.
Ayurveda believes that body’s health is managed with the balance between three vital elements that is vata, pitta, and kapha. Arthritis (both osteo and rheumatoid variety) is believed to be related to vata and arthritis is also known as sandhivata (sandhi meaning joint).
Treatment includes overall body treatment and focused treatment of the affected joint. Oral medicines, oils and external applicants, detoxification and rejuvenation through panchakarma, diet changes, healthy lifestyle are all part of the treatment regimen. Oil and external application on the overall body and affected joints will help lubricate the joints and will allow easy movement. This will help reduce stiffness and improve range of motion.
Dietary changes: Reduce fats, sugar, salt and alcohol. Include a lot more of fish, soy, olive oil, low-fat dairy products, broccoli, green tea, citrus fruits, whole grains, beans, garlic and nuts and seeds. In addition to protein, these have various ingredients, which are useful for bone health and act as anti-inflammatory agents.
Some common panchakarma treatments include:
The key to managing this condition is to seek help in as early stages of the disease as possible. When there are risk factors that put you at risk, reach out to seek medical help as soon as you realise onset of symptoms.
What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis in relation to the different affected areas?
An osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis which means unexpected inflammation of the joints/muscles, which is usually very painful. This form of arthritis is not curable, and the only thing that you can do is to take measures to reduce the painful effects of the condition. The symptoms of the medical condition often occur gradually and are chronic and long lasting in nature. Some of the body parts that get affected easily are:
Some of the most common symptoms which are more common to all body parts are as follows:
Arthritis refers to the condition where your joints become inflamed. It can affect a particular joint in your body like that in the knee or the hip or can occur in multiple joints simultaneously. Arthritis comes in several forms.
The most common two types of arthritis are-
Early signs of arthritis-
Arthritis symptoms develop gradually over time. Nevertheless, you must watch out for the early signs such as-
If you encounter these symptoms, consult a doctor right away.
Role of Unani in managing arthritis pain-
Unani medicines are natural herbal drugs used for treating joint inflammation. This treatment method has been in use from the ancient times. Here are a few herbs used in the procedure-
There are very few side effects of Unani medications. So if you’re reluctant to go for orthopedic treatment, try these herbal drugs and medicines to treat arthritis.
If you are the on the wrong side of your fifties, then you will know the importance of regular checkups to the orthopedist. Aging related physical changes such as greying hair and wrinkles are a few things that you can cope with easily, however, when it comes to the health of your bones and muscles, you need to be very careful. You need to be particular about being active, as it can help reverse or reduce the risks of most of the bone disorders that you may suffer from. Ageing affects both the muscles and bones, but not always in the same manner. So, it is important that you understand how each is affected by ageing.
Changes in your muscles due to aging
As you age, your muscles tend to lose strength and size. This can make you prone to fatigue, weakness and a decrease in your tolerance levels to exercise. The various factors that play a role in this are:
Changes in your bones due to aging
Ageing impacts the structure of the bone and leads to a loss of the bone tissue. Aging causes low bone mass, thus rendering them weak. This means a simple fall can have a serious effect on your bones.
The various causes that can bring about these changes are:
Common conditions that affect your musculoskeletal system in your old age:
Osteoarthritis is a Non Inflammatory disease that affects many joints, knee joint most common. In normal joint, a firm, rubbery material called cartilage covers the end of each bone. Cartilage provides a smooth, gliding surface for joint motion and acts as a cushion between the bones. In Osteoarthritis, the cartilage breaks down, causing pain, swelling and problems moving the joint. This disease, that mostly affects women, worsens over the time and should be treated as early as possible.
Symptoms Of Osteoarthritis
Symptoms of osteoarthritis vary, depending on which joints are affected and how severely they are affected. However, the most common symptoms are pain and stiffness, particularly first thing in the morning or after resting. Affected joints may get swollen, especially after extended activity. These symptoms tend to build over time rather than show up suddenly. Some of the common symptoms include:
Osteoarthritis is a chronic (long-term) disease. There is no cure, but treatments are available to manage symptoms. Long-term management of the disease will include several factors:
Physical Activity: One of the most beneficial ways to manage OA is to get moving. While it may be hard to think of exercise when the joints hurt, moving is considered an important part of the treatment plan. Simple activities like walking around the neighborhood or taking a fun, easy exercise class can reduce pain and help maintain (or attain) a healthy weight. Strengthening exercises build muscles around OA-affected joints, easing the burden on those joints and reducing pain. Aerobic exercise helps to improve stamina and energy levels and also help to reduce excess weight. Talk to a doctor before starting an exercise program.
Weight Management: Excess weight adds additional stress to weight-bearing joints, such as the hips, knees, feet and back. Losing weight can help people with OA reduce pain and limit further joint damage. The basic rule for losing weight is to eat fewer calories and increase physical activity.
Stretching: Slow, gentle stretching of joints may improve flexibility, lessen stiffness and reduce pain. Exercises such as is great ways to manage stiffness.
Braces: For varus and valgus deformity of knee joint, brace very helpful like Unloader Knee Brace has importent role in Osteoarthritis knee.
Glucosamine/Chondroitin- Glucosamine/Chondroitin 1500 mg/1200 mg daily, they are diet supplement used in mild and moderate osteoarthritis knee. Major component of joint cartilage. Supplements are derived from the shells of shellfish (such as shrimp, lobster and crab) or from vegetable sources. Slows deterioration of cartilage, relieves osteoarthritis(OA) pain and improves joint mobility.
For Pain Management
Knee pain or functional status has failed to improve with non-operative management
Types of Surgery
Which type of surgery you require it will be decide by your orthopaedic surgeon after clinical and radiological examination.
Joint Replacement Surgery: Joint surgery can repair or replace severely damaged joints, especially hips or knees. A doctor will refer an eligible patient to an orthopaedic surgeon to perform the procedure.
Knee replacement has become the most common form of joint replacement surgery. Between 1991 and 2010, the incidence of knee replacements increased by over 161%, due partly to improvements in the science of knee replacement implants, experience of surgeons, and the growing population of knee replacement patients. Although public perception can be influenced by negative advertising and press, the fact is that knee replacement surgery is one of the most successful surgical procedures performed today.
Success rates and quality of life improvements for knee replacement patients are reliably very high. Nine out of 10 knee replacement patients experience an immediate relief from knee pain, and 95% report they are satisfied with their procedure. Approximately 90% of replacement knee joints last 10 years, while 80% are good for 20+ years, depending on patient health and activity levels. Outcomes vary from patient to patient depend upon level of deformity and grade of Osteoarthritis.
Positive Attitude: Many studies have demonstrated that a positive outlook can boost the immune system and increase a person's ability to handle pain.
पवित्र तुलसी को 'जड़ी बूटियों की रानी' के रूप में भी जाना जाता है। तुलसी भारत में सबसे पवित्र जड़ी बूटी के तौर पर माना गया है। हिंदू संस्कृति में तुलसी की पूजा की जाती है। यह आयुर्वेद में अपने औषधीय उपयोगों के लिए जाना जाता है जो इसे कई बीमारियों के लिए एक प्रभावी उपाय बनाता है। पवित्र तुलसी में प्राकृतिक एंटीऑक्सीडेंट की एक श्रृंखला होती है जो शरीर के ऊतकों को मुक्त कणों की क्षति से बचाने में मदद कर सकती है। तुलसी सभी रूपों में- सूखे, ताजे और पाउडर में कई उपचार गुण होते हैं। 1. श्वसन विकार में है लाभदायक तुलसी चाय ठंड और खांसी से ब्रोंकाइटिस और अस्थमा तक की कुछ श्वसन बीमारियों को रोकने में मदद करती है। यह प्रतिरक्षा में वृद्धि करने में मदद करती है। खांसी से राहत दिलाती है। और श्लेष्म बाहर निकालने में मदद कर श्वसन प्रणाली में राहत प्रदान करती है। इसमें कुछ तेल हैं जो कंजक्शन को दूर करने में मदद करते हैं। 2. तनाव दूर करती है काफी कुछ अध्ययनों के मुताबिक, तुलसी चाय शरीर में कोर्टिसोल हार्मोन के सामान्य स्तर को बनाए रखने में मदद करती है जिसे तनाव हार्मोन के नाम से जाना जाता है। यह कोर्टिसोल के स्तर को कम करता है, जिससे आप तनाव मुक्त हो जाते हैं। वास्तव में, यह अवसाद के विभिन्न लक्षणों को कम करने के लिए जाना जाता है, जिसमें चिंता शामिल हो सकती है। 3. रक्त शर्करा के स्तर को नियंत्रित करती है नियमित दूध के बजाए तुलसी चाय पीएं क्योंकि यह रक्त शर्करा के स्तर को कम करने में मदद करती है। तुलसी चाय का दैनिक सेवन कार्बो और वसा के चयापचय को सुविधाजनक बनाने में भी मदद कर सकता है। 4. दांतों और मुख स्वास्थ्य के लिए है बेहतर तुलसी चाय में एंटी-माइक्रोबियल गुणों की उपस्थिति मुंह में हानिकारक बैक्टीरिया और रोगाणुओं के खिलाफ मुकाबला करने में मदद करती है। माउथ फ्रेशनर के रूप में कार्य करती है। इसके अलावा यह बदबूदार सांस को रोकती है। 5. गठिया के दर्द के कम करे तुलसी में तेल में यूगेनॉल नामक एक घटक मौजूद होता है जो पाचन तंत्र के लिए लाभदायक होता है। साथ ही इस घटक में एंटी-इंफ्लामेट्री गुण भी पाए जाते हैं जो गठिया के दर्द को शांत करते हैं।
Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation is a process which involves minimum incision, along with a non-narcotic out-patient treatment option that can help treat and provide relief from chronic pain, thereby improve one’s quality of life without the need to go for a surgery. This is an advanced procedure, through which the cooled radiofrequency energy is used in order to target the sensory nerves quickly as well as quite safely, which result in pain and help shut out the transmission of pain signals to the brain.
Osteoarthritis can hamper any joint whenever the cartilage wears out over a period of time. This generally strikes big joints like the knee, resulting in pain, swelling and the area becoming stiff, which results in the movements getting restricted. According to the data released by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons close to 10 million Americans had to suffer from osteoarthritis of their knee in the year 2010.
Cooled Radiofrequency can also help treat various other conditions which include:
Cooled Radiofrequency Ablasion is marketed as COOLIEF. COOLIEF is a minimally-invasive procedure, quite often compared to steroid injections. Still, patients tend to report better relief from pain, functionality of the area when the procedure was implemented and satisfaction, which is not the case with injections.
As per a study by FDA, six months after the procedure has taken place, a mere 5% of the patients of the COOLIEF group reported the same kind of severe pain compared to 37% of patients, who get treated with steroid injections.
While there are patients who experience relief from pain in the knee due to Osteoarthritis for close to 2 years, for some, there is no recurrence of pain at all in future.
How Does It Work?
The procedure followed for treating mild to moderate Osteoarthritis is quite similar to the traditional radiofrequency treatments. Still, unlike traditional procedures related to Radiofrequency, COOLIEF makes use of cooled radiofrequency energy for targeting the nerves in a more safe and secured manner. The overall heat produced is much less in this case, which helps to increase the effectiveness through relief from pain.
Now before initiating the procedure of COOLIEF, the concerned doctor conducts a diagnostic procedure which aims to locate the exact source of one’s pain and hence tells the doctor where the COOLIEF must go. The doctor would then use a particular device along with a small needle to reach out to the nerves which are causing pain. This device helps to generate radiofrequency, which uses the energy to get the nerves heated. As the device sends heat waves into the nerves, water also gets circulated through the area. This induces two things:Without any additional effort, a large treatment is created. Targets the source of pain without even going for excessive heating.
The procedure takes less than an hour and does not even require general anesthesia. The pain can continue for close to 2 weeks but still, patients can return to their normal activities after taking a day’s rest.
Turmeric is widely used in cooking spicy dishes all over the world. But there are several pieces of research, which prove the efficacy of turmeric or haldi in warding off ailments like dementia and reduce the risk of cancer to a great extent. Turmeric has the highest usage in countries like India and Sri Lanka followed by other parts of the planet.
As per the results of the World Alzheimer’s Report, it is found that only about 3.6 percent of South Asians aged above 60 suffer from dementia which is quite lower than 6.4 percent of people in Australia as well as 7.2 percent of people in Western Europe. In similar lines, the World Health Organisation says that the rate of cancer patients is lower in India in stark comparison to the higher rates of more developed countries. If an individual is looking for the benefits of turmeric, he would come across several reasons to add more turmeric to foods on a daily basis.
In addition to all these, there is a clear indication that turmeric helps in cancer prevention, reducing breast cancer, skin, and pancreatic problems along with multiple myelomas and juvenile leukemia.