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Hi, Dr. Kal mere grandpa ka x-ray hua jisme unke neck k 2 bone or pith k 1 bone short ho gye h .aap iska reason bata sakte ho. Or kya aapke pass Iska Sahi treatment h?

Dr. Rushali Angchekar 95% (70425 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor, Sindhudurg
hi.bones do not remain constant with age..Reduced bone density cause shortening of bones.. Homoepathic treatment helps to stop further degeneration of bones and helps to overcome pain and associated complaints due to it.. you can consult me online for more info and treatment. no side effects.
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Knee Braces - Know Utility Of Them!

Dr. Sunil Kumar Dash 88% (68 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - Orthopedics, Fellowship, Depuy Joint Replacement
Orthopedic Doctor, Bhubaneswar
Knee Braces - Know Utility Of Them!

Osteoarthritis may affect any joint of your body. And knee arthritis is one of the most common versions of arthritis. It can cause immense inconvenience and braces can help mitigate many of these bothers.

When Do Braces become a Necessity? 

The cartilage at the knee joint cushions the knee and protects the knee from the shock waves of walking, running and other movements by absorbing them. But in some people, the cartilage begins to wear out slowly and when this happens, the underlying bone is exposed and made vulnerable. The degeneration of the cartilage and its consequences trigger excruciating pain, disruption of weight distribution and the unnatural growth of bone spurs around the knee joint.

As the disorder progresses, one side of the knee wears away more than the other and this affects the person’s gait as well. To correct the misalignment, doctors prescribe knee braces.

How Does A Knee Brace Work?

A knee brace is like a tightly fitted sock that you slip your leg through and pull it up to the knee. It sits snugly around your knee. It exerts pressure on your knee and the surrounding area.

A knee brace redistributes the weight evenly. It shifts the weight from the worn and damaged part of your knee onto a lesser damaged part. That eases a lot of the pain you had been suffering. A knee brace will help you get back on your feet and even walk long distances. It puts to rights your gait and stance as well.

Are there any complications that can arise out of Knee Braces?

Knee braces may help you return to a normal life, you must be prepared for a few minor problems.

  • Discomfort -

You will feel uncomfortable until you get accustomed to the braces. The knee and the surrounding areas might itch and become sore. The brace will feel cumbersome and your knee might even feel hot and sweaty.

  • The knee skin may become red and swell up -

The only way for braces to be effective is if they fit well. Your doctor can help recommend the brand and size. Moreover, braces are made with different kinds of materials. You need one that suits your skin. After you get the brace fitted to your knee, visit the doctor again who will be able to tell you if the brace is indeed perfect for you.

Arthritis - How To Manage It?

Dr. Pranjit Mushahary 87% (17 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
General Physician, Tezpur
Arthritis - How To Manage It?

Inflammation or swelling can be caused due to the body's natural response to injury or disease. Arthritis is a disease in which the joints in your body swell. The inflammation or swelling can cause discomfort in the form of pain, stiffness as well as difficulty in movement.

Some of the common causes of arthritis are:

  1. Infections in the joint.
  2. Genetic makeup in which arthritis can be a hereditary trait
  3. Imbalance in the immunity system
  4. Physically taxing work life or injuries caused in an accident

Risk factors associated with arthritis:

  1. Obesity - Excess weight can put a lot of pressure on the joints, on the knees and hips in particular. Hence, obese people have more chances of developing arthritis than fitter people.
  2. Age - The risk of arthritis can increase with age. Types like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout are more common in the old age.
  3. Joint injury - Joint injury caused due to accidents or due to sports activities can trigger arthritis. People with previous joint injuries can develop arthritis in that joint.
  4. Family history - You can be prone to develop arthritis if it runs in the family. It can occur due to its hereditary trait hence making you more vulnerable to the environmental factors which contribute to developing arthritis.
  5. Gender - Your sex is an important factor as women are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis while men are prone to suffer from gout.

Tips to deal with arthritis:

  1. Take Vitamins and olive oil: Vitamins are crucial, especially A, C and D. Vitamin A can be found in carrots. vitamin D can yet again be found in fish while vitamin C can be found in strawberries, mangoes, pineapples and oranges. Olive oil is also useful because it contains polyphenols which reduce the chances of developing arthritis.
  2. Control your weight: This is very important, especially for your knees. It has been proven by researchers at John Hopkins University that if you are 10 kg overweight, then 30 to 60 extra kilograms of weight fall on your knees.
  3. Take Omega-3 fatty acids: Research proves that the regular consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids, present in fish, result in decreased risks of rheumatoid arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are also found in foods such as olive oil and walnuts.
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I am obese and suffering from osteoarthritis. Find difficulty in walking and standing for long hours. Kindly suggest yoga for reducing weight and knee pain.

Dr. Rahul Rai 91% (2657 ratings)
MSPT (Master of Physical Therapy), Bachelor of physiotherapy
Physiotherapist, Gorakhpur
I am obese and suffering from osteoarthritis. Find difficulty in walking and standing for long hours. Kindly suggest ...
For knee pain you should counslt to physiotherpist. Avoid knee bending use knee brace during standing job diet paln and exercise for wt reduction.
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Osteoarthritis Pain - Can Ayurveda Help?

Dr. Kamalpreet 90% (137 ratings)
BAMS, CGO - Course in Gynaecology & Obstetrics
Ayurvedic Doctor, Mohali
Osteoarthritis Pain - Can Ayurveda Help?

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 have hand problems, to undersimplify. I have dequervain’s bilateral, dupuytrens on the rh (radiated, no more issues) and cyst on the top of my wrist on lh. My physiatrist told me I have a slight carpal tunnel syndrome (no symptoms) and the beginnings of osteoarthritis bi lateral (not enough to cause symptoms). Apart from dequervains pain, I have pain in my index finger rh especially when I flex it. It feels, I can’t describe it any better, like I have a tight glove on and it is hard to flex (i had to switch the mouse button side). I had an mri more than 5 years ago and it revealed tenosynovitis of the said index finger and some fluid deposited around the tendons of all my fingers. But here is the real puzzling affliction, I seem to have some kind of generalized tendonitis bi lateral and the pain seems to occur for no reason. Also I get injured too easily. For example, today, while I was sweeping the floor the inside of my left thumb and under my index finger down to my palm, started to hurt badly. Every so often when I grab something with force (or just in an awkward way) the knuckles at the base of my fingers in the palm of my hands hurt. I thought it was the osteoarthritis but I finally realized it was actually the tendons being compressed. I’ve looked everywhere for something that could explain this strange “all tendons inflamed” disease to no avail. I had a failed dequervains surgery, physiotherapy and all kinds of nsaid”s and methylprednisolone course twice. They’ve only injected once bilateral for dequervain’s. I’ve been trying to get them to inject me in the other problem areas but they simply ignore me. Any ideas?

Dr. Chirag V. Thakkar 92% (61 ratings)
MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics, F. KUMC, Fellowship in Joint Replacement, Fellowship in Arthroscopy, Cadaveric workshop in Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopy, Cadaveric Workshop in Knee Arthroscopy
Orthopedic Doctor, Vadodara
I have hand problems, to undersimplify. I have dequervain’s bilateral, dupuytrens on the rh (radiated, no more issues...
1. For your dq's, you can get operated and tendons can be released instantly. It's a short procedure, not so costly and very effective. 2. For your forefinger pain, I think carpal tunnel syndrome could be the cause. Get your never conduction velocity and electromyography of that upper limb done. 3. Also get yourself checked for diabetes and thyroid, uric acid, rheumatoid arthritis 4. Osteoarthritis is not common in young individuals except post trauma.
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Inflammation In Joints - Know How Homeopathy Can Help!

Dr. Mateen S.Shaikh 89% (95 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy
Homeopathy Doctor, Nashik
Inflammation In Joints - Know How Homeopathy Can Help!

Are you experiencing a swollen and painful joint and are looking for an effective way to treat it? You can choose homeopathic treatment, which is considered to be ideal for joint pain and inflammation, as it does not have any side effects. When a joint swell up, gets inflamed or damaged due to an injury, joint pain is experienced. Aging and several medical conditions such as gout, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, general injuries, and sprains are common causes of joint inflammation and pain. A wide range of homeopathic medicines is used for the management of joint pain and inflammation.

Here is a list of the top homeopathic medicines used for this condition along with the symptoms when they are prescribed for use:

  1. Rhus Tox- This homeopathic medicine is very effective in treating joint pain. Both acute and chronic joint pains are cured by this medicine. It is used when a patient experiences marked stiffness in the joints along with intense pain. The medicine treats all kinds of joint pains, starting from rheumatic reasons to injuries caused due to overexertion. Usually, the joint pain gets better with movement and worsens if you are immobile.

  2. Sanguinaria Can and Ferrum Met- Sanguinaria Can is used for treating joint pains which occur in the shoulder. It is most effective in the case of right-sided shoulder joint pains. The right-sided shoulder of the patient may feel stiff and the pain worsens with any kind of motion. The right shoulder joint pain increases during the night. On the other hand, Ferrum Met is used in the case of left-sided shoulder pain. The patient experiences stiffness and cracking in the left shoulder joint along with great pain. The pain increases if you raise your arm and with any kind of movement.

  3. Bryonia and Ruta- These homeopathic medicines are used for the management of joint pain in the elbows. Bryonia is used when the elbow joint pain increases even without movement. It provides sustained relief. The pain is also accompanied by stiffness and swelling in the elbow joint. Ruta is an effective homeopathic medicine which is used for elbow joint pain treatment, especially when the pain is located near the condyles. Stretching and raising your arms trigger the pain. This medicine is also used in case of inflamed and sore tendons near the elbow joint, which cause pain.

Other homeopathic medicines such as Actaea Spicata and Rhododendron are used in the case of treating joint pains in the wrist. You should consult a qualified homeopathic practitioner before taking medicines for joint pain.

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Weight Loss Tips!

Dt. Deepa Bahuguna 92% (21 ratings)
B.SC - Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Weight Loss Tips!

Maintaining weight loss requires long term change and patience. If it doesn't seem possible for you, then you're interested in fad and unhealthy diets.
If you lose some weight every month, eventually you'll get rid of all your excess weight. Great progress! that's what you want.
Ps: long term change is only hard in the beginning, especially the first couple of weeks. Once you develop new habits it becomes easier every week.
Remember, it's about starting and it's the hardest part.

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Homoeopathic Treatment Of Osteoarthritis!

Dr. Jyoti Singh 91% (853 ratings)
BHMS, MA Psychology & Traning Counselling
Homeopathy Doctor, Delhi

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disease affecting millions of people throughout the world. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint but it most commonly affects the weight bearing joints- hands, knees, hips, spine. In every joint there is a protective cartilage which prevents the two bones in the joints from coming in contact with each other. In osteoarthritis the protective cartilage wears down with age and exposes the bones in joint to each other causing rubbing. This rubbing causes pain and stiffness.

Osteoarthritis usually occurs in older age but can be seen in adults also. As there is degeneration in the bone, the disease is also known as degenerative joint disease and is a leading cause of disability is older people.

Risk factors:

  • Age: age is an important risk factor as risk of developing oa increases with age.
  • Gender: female sex is more prone to development of oa.
  • Heavy weight: carrying extra weight would put more pressure on weight bearing joints like hip and knees, thus would increase risk of development of oa.
  • Genes: family history of oa predisposes you more.
  • Occupation: certain job profiles are seen at higher risk which have repetitive pressure on a certain joint.
  • Injury to the joint: joint injuries received several years ago can cause degeneration in the joint years later.
  • Bone deformities: congenital deformities in bones or cartilage increases the risk of development of oa.

Complications:
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease and in advanced cases causes severe disability. People are not able to perform the daily chores and are sometimes confined to bed only.

Symptoms & causes
Symptoms

  • Symptoms of oa develop gradually and are worse with age.
  • Pain during activity is the first symptom. The joint would start hurting when you would move.
  • Stiffness especially on getting up in the morning or after a period of inactivity.
  • Flexibility of the joint is also compromised and there is restriction of movement in the joint. The full range of motion is not possible.
  • Tinder joints when pressure is applied.
  • Spikes or extra bits of bones are felt on palpating the joints.
  • Grating sensation is felt by the patient while moving the joint or even the doctor while examination of the joint.

Causes
Oa is caused when the protective cartilage covering the bones in a joint starts degenerating and the joints start to touch each other while moving. The pain and stiffness becomes severe enough to make daily tasks difficult. Some people have so severe symptoms that they are advised for joint replacement surgery.

Diagnosis & treatment
Diagnosis:

  • On examination of the affected joint; tenderness, swelling, redness and grating are present with restriction in range of motion of the joint.
  • X-ray and mri: are imaging techniques for visualisation of the joint. They would reveal loss of cartilage, narrowed joint space, bone spurs.
  • No blood test is available for diagnosing oa. But other causes for joint pain can be ruled out.
  • Joint fluid analysis would help in checking inflammation and other possible causes of joint problems.

Treatment

  • Conventional treatment includes painkillers, nsaids for relieving pain.
  • For tenderness and stiffness physical exercises are advised. Also exercises help to improve the range of mobility of joint, improve the muscle strength.
  • Occupational therapy would help in managing daily activities so that the affected joint is not irritated much.
  • Joint replacement therapy is advised in much advanced cases.

Management

  • Exercise: regular exercise would help in strengthening the muscles of the joints and would make the joint more stable. This would help relieving pain, stiffness and tenderness. But don’t overdo the exercises as this may damage the joint.
  • Swimming: swimming is a good option of stretching and would help in dealing with symptoms of oa.
  • Manage weight: being overweight increases the pressure on weight bearing joints and would further damage the joints. Even a small amount of loss in weight would relieve pain in the joint.
  • Heat and cold packs: would help in relieving pain and stiffness.
  • Support while walking: a cane or any support would help in managing day to day tasks in easier way and would help in relieving pain as well.
  • Stay active: don’t rest for long in day as gap in activity would cause stiffness and pain. So stay active through the the day.
  • Homeopathy: homeopathy is a good way along with exercise to help with symptoms of oa without any side effects.

Homeopathic management
Homeopathic medicines have no side effects and would help in relieving pain and tenderness of the joints along with stiffness. Homeopathic medicines would help in improving the quality of life after oa develops. More so homeopathic medicines would stop the further exaggeration of the symptoms.
Many homeopathic medicines are there like ars alb, pulsatilla, colchicum, benzoin acid, ledum pal etc which would help in relieving symptoms of oa. But the medicines should never be taken without guidance of a registered homeopath.

Do’s & don’ts
Do’s

  • Stay active.
  • Take healthy diet
  • Do regular physical exercise
  • Use support while walking
  • Manage weight within normal limits
  • Swimming is also very helpful.
  • Do stretching exercises
  • Use heat and cold packs

Don’ts

  • Don’t overdo while exercising
  • Don’t opt for unhealthy ways of weight loss
  • Don’t rest for longer intervals
  • Don’t smoke
  • Don’t irritate the affected joint.
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