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Healing Wounds - How Homeopathy Can Help?

Dr. S Faujdar 86% (10 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Indore
Healing Wounds - How Homeopathy Can Help?

Cuts and bruises is a common occurrence in any household. In most cases, they’re ignored and left to heal on their own. However, some injuries can take a while to heal. If you think about it, you’ll also notice that when you’ve injured yourself somewhere, you tend to keep hitting that spot against things and make it worse. Homeopathy is a form of treatment that has negligible side effects and is very effective at speeding up the healing process for bruises and other wounds. Here are a few common homeopathic medicines that you should keep at home to treat bruises etc.

  1. Arnica: Arnica is very effective when it comes to dealing with deep seated bruises. It can also be used to reduce swelling at the site of the injury. Arnica can be used in pill form or applied in the form of a cream. However, arnica should never be used on an open wound where the skin is cut. In the pill form, arnica can also be used to stop internal or external bleeding.
  2. Calendula: Calendula can be used to fasten the healing process. Along with bruises, it can also be used to treat ruptured muscles and tendons. When applied topically, it draws out dirt and prevents infections.
  3. Hypericum: This homeopathic remedy is very useful in treating injuries and wounds that cause nerve damage. It also ensures that a bruise heals from the inside and not only superficially.
  4. Ledum: Wounds that are caused by a sharp object or formed as a result of painful injections or the after effects of an epidural can be treated with Ledum. It promotes the removal of pus and prevents septic infections.
  5. Staphysagria: Staphysagria is used to treat sensitive wounds where the tissue is lacerated. In such cases, the sphincters are also found to be lacerated and stretched due to foreign bodies. Staphysagria can also be used to treat extremely painful wounds.
  6. Phytolacca: This is an excellent remedy for wounds that have a tendency to ulcerate or injuries that cause soreness and can trigger tetanus. Injured fibrous tissue or osseous muscle sheaths can also be treated with phytolacca.
  7. Bufo: Wounds that cause the area to feel numb and which trigger muscle spasms that leave the patient unable to move the part can be treated with this homeopathic remedy. It can also be used to treat regional hematomas triggered by the rupturing of blood vessels due to the trauma.

Runner's Knee - 7 Ways To Treat It!

Dr. Vinod Nair 87% (19 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - Orthopaedics, DNB - Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedist, Pune
Runner's Knee - 7 Ways To Treat It!

If you are thinking that runner’s knee pain can ony happen to runners or sportsmen, then you are wrong. It can happen to anyone who spends time in doing things that involve bending the knees. It can happen due to activities like walking, biking and jumping. It refers to an aching pain around the kneecap. In medical terms, it is also called patellofemoral pain syndrome.

It doesn’t refer to a particular injury. It is an umbrella term to refer to any pain that happens during knee problems. Here are some of the reasons responsible for runner’s kneecap:

  1. High stress exercises, such as lunges or plyometrics
  2. Direct hit in the knee.
  3. If any of the bones are out of their correct position.
  4. Hypermobile feet and fallen arches or overpronation can cause joint pain as they change the way you walk.
  5. Weak or unbalanced thigh muscles.

What Are the Symptoms of runner's knee?

  1. You can feel the pain in front, behind, or around the kneecap
  2. Pain is felt when you walk, squat, kneel, run, or get up from a chair
  3. Pain is felt when you walk downstairs
  4. Swelling around your knee or a grinding feeling inside the joint

Diagnosis:
It can be diagnosed through physical examination and might require X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans.

What's the treatment for runner's knee?

  1. In most cases, runner’s knee gets better with time. However, the cause of the pain must be identified and then the treatment is done. Here’s what can be done:
  2. Give rest to your knees. It is best to avoid activities that cause the pain.
  3. Apply ice pack on the knees to ease the swelling. Repeat this after every 3 to 4 hours in a day and apply the pack for at least 20 minutes.
  4. Use an elastic bandage or straps to wrap the knees. It gives extra support to the knees and prevents the pain.
  5. Elevate the leg on a pillow at the time of lying down.
  6. Take pain killers like ibuprofen or naproxen.
  7. Indulge yourself in stretching exercises.

How To Crip Walk?

Gautam Clinic Pvt Ltd 91% (7785 ratings)
Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad
How To Crip Walk?

Understand the history and implications of the crip walk. The crip walk is a controversial dance move which originated in the 1970s in South Central Los Angeles, among members of the Crip gang.

  • Originally, the foot movement used in crip walking was meant to spell out the letters "C-R-I-P" and was used to display gang affiliation at parties and other gatherings.

  • Later, the dance was used as a signature by Crip gang members after they had committed a crime, as the foot movement would leave distinctive shuffle marks on the ground.
  • As a result of these associations, crip walking was banned from a large number of schools in certain L.A. neighborhoods, while MTV refused to play any rap or hip-hop videos (such as those by Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, and Kurupt) containing the crip walk.
  • More recently, the crip walk has been appropriated by American culture and, in general, is no longer intended to display gang affiliation.
  • However, it is important to be aware of the history and implications of the crip walk, as performing it could still potentially cause offense in certain situations.

Learn the shuffle. The shuffle is the most basic part of the c-walk. To shuffle, stand with your right foot planted firmly on the ground and your left leg extended out in front of you, balanced on the ball of your left foot.

  • Now, reverse this position by standing firmly on your left foot while your right leg is extended in front of you, balanced on the ball of your right foot. Jump as you switch your feet, so the switch is completed in one fluid movement.
  • Now keep jumping and switching your feet -- this is the basic shuffle movement. You can make it more interesting by moving sideways or around in a circle as you jump, or by keeping the same foot forward in a double jump.
  • Variation: A common variation on the shuffle step is the shuffle kick. To do the shuffle kick, balance your front foot on the heel rather than the toe and give it a flick to the side.
  • Alternating between the basic shuffle step and the shuffle kick will add more flavor to your crip-walk.

 

Learn the heel-toe. The heel to toe is perhaps the hardest part of the crip walk and will require some practice.

  • Type one: Turn so that your body is facing diagonally towards the right, then put your left foot forward, balancing on the heel. Swivel on your left heel and the ball of your right foot until your body is facing diagonally towards the left.
  • Now jump and switch feet so your right foot is in front, balanced on the heel, and your left foot is behind. Keep practicing this movement until you get it fast and smooth.
  • You can add some variation to the movement by doing a double heel-toe -- do the heel-toe as normal but instead of switching feet try to swivel in the same direction twice, keeping the same foot in front.
  • Type two: The second type of heel-toe is pretty much the same as the first, except for one major difference. Instead of balancing on the ball of your back foot, try to balance on your toe. Then instead of swiveling on your toe, drag it across the ground as you change directions.
  • Type three: The third type of heel-toe involves the same movement as the first, except that you keep repeating the heel-toe with the same foot in front while moving in one direction. So, starting with your body facing diagonally towards the right and your left heel in front, swivel so that your body is facing diagonally towards the left. Now instead of switching feet, jump back to the starting position (facing the right, left heel in front) and repeat the movement again.

Put it all together. A good crip walk will involve a combination of the movements described above, with as many variations and as much personal style thrown in as possible.

  • Just try to get the movements as smooth and fluid as possible -- crip walking is supposed to look effortless and loose, not tight and exact.
  • Practice as you listen to your favorite hip-hop or rap tunes and try to dance in time with the beat.
  • What you do with your arms is up to you -- some people leave them loose at their sides, while others put their hands on their hips.
  • Remember that everyone's c-walk is unique, so just do what feels good for you.

 

Physiotherapist Can Reduce Joint Stiffness!

Dr. Mukesh Vyas 90% (603 ratings)
BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Pune
Physiotherapist Can Reduce Joint Stiffness!

Joint stiffness is a feeling that the movement of a particular joint is getting restricted. The stiffness is generally accompanied by pain and occurs mainly due to arthritis or as a result of an injury to joint. Appropriate and regular exercises can help reduce stiffness and pain, increase flexibility, improve endurance, develop muscle strength and keep bone and cartilage in healthy condition.

What physiotherapy is all about? How it can be helpful in treating joint stiffness?
One of the allied health professions is physiotherapy, which by using mechanical force and movements, exercise therapy and electrotherapy, acts as a remedy for impairments and promotes a person’s mobility and joint function. The kind of physical therapy treatment which people receive for their joint stiffness mainly depends on the exact cause for the condition and other symptoms such as pain and inflammation.

Procedure for treating joint stiffness through physiotherapy-

  1. When you go for physiotherapy, the first thing a physical therapist would do is to ask you about the exact condition with respect to the symptoms, which you might be experiencing along with the joint stiffness. You should clearly state to the physiotherapist since when have you been experiencing stiffness. The very next thing which a therapist would ask is, your medical history if you have been suffering from arthritis.
  2. After all the preliminary diagnosis through the question-answer session, the physiotherapist would conduct a thorough physical examination and look to evaluate the joint and other structures associated with it to find out what exactly is causing joint stiffness and other symptoms like, pain, inflammation etc.

Now, after the completion of his questioning and physical examination, the comprehensive physical therapy treatment plan would be prepared as per the exact of your stiffness, symptoms and your needs.

Treatment options-
First, by determining the exact cause of joint pain and then treating it with highly effective therapies, physiotherapy acts as a preventive mechanism for reducing joint stiffness and the pain associated with it.
The treatment options which physiotherapists generally go for are as follows:

  • Manual therapy: this manual therapy generally involves soft tissue and joint mobilization to provide relief from joint restriction and muscle tension.
  • Soft tissue massage: soft tissue massage involves therapists only using their hands o reduce back muscle tension and restore mobility to stiff joints, as an effort to allow the patient more flexibility.
  • Acupuncture: the physical therapy of acupuncture helps in restoring the balance of energy in the body and thus provides relief from pain, inflammation and proceeds with the healing process. This is done through single-use fine needles, which are used at different ‘trigger’ points on the body, as per your symptoms, thus helping to stimulate the flow of energy.
  • Ultrasound: while conducting an ultrasound, physiotherapist uses a transducer to send a stream of high-frequency sound waves into one’s body. These waves bounce off one’s organs, muscles, and tissues.
  • Exercises: physiotherapist would instruct you to do some stretching exercises where you would require moving your limbs without support and muscle strengthening exercises which would make you kneel, stand and sit to maintain your own balance.

Heel Pain - All About It!

Dr. Mukesh Vyas 90% (603 ratings)
BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Pune

Heel pain is a common problem in the body where the affected person experiences pain radiating from the heel bone. Heel pain usually progresses slowly over time, it is recommended to consult a medical professional, if heel pain turns severe. The pain tends to most severe after one has been inactive for some time such as after waking up in the morning.

Causes-
Heel pain is usually caused when tissues present in the bottom of the heel (plantar fascia) is damaged. These tissues connect the heel bone with the bones of the feet and help in absorbing shocks. Tears are formed in these tissues when they are damaged or when they get thicker. These tissues are at an increased risk of wear and tear for those who are over 45 years old. The risks also tend to increase if the person is obese or whose occupation requires standing for lengthy periods of time.
Among other causes of heel pain are heel bone fractures, fat pad atrophy (a condition where a layer of fat present under the heel bone is reduced) and bursitis (inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs present around the joints). Peripheral neuropathy is a condition where damage occurs in the peripheral nerves (that transmits signals between the central nervous system and the rest of the body), this can cause pain in the heel.

Symptoms-
The symptoms of heel pain include:

1. Experiencing pain while jogging or walking

2. A feeling of pins pricking the heels after waking up in the morning

3. Inability to bend the heel

4. Painful swelling

5. Pain in the heel accompanied by fever

Prevention and treatment-

Heel pain can be prevented by taking certain preventive measures such as restricting usage of high heeled shoes without proper support and stretching the heel regularly. Medications such as painkillers are used to treat symptoms of heel pain
Physiotherapy treatment - 
1. Some instructions have to follow 
2. Manual therapy 
3. Ift +ultrasound therapy 
4. Calf stretching 
5. Contras bath 
 

What Should You Do To Manage Foot Arch Pain?

Dr. Pardeep Bageja 85% (10 ratings)
DNB - Orthopaedics, MBBS
Orthopedist, Delhi
What Should You Do To Manage Foot Arch Pain?

Foot arch pain is used in broader context for describing pain in bones, ligaments, muscles and nerve on the foot bottom. Slight damage to any of the components in the foot bottom can cause great pain. For starters, the pain lasts for a brief period, but increases over time if the condition is left untreated. Foot arch pain is more commonly witnessed in people over the age of 60 and among athletes engaged in sports of high impact.
The treatment plan of the pain totally depends on the cause. An early and right diagnosis goes a long way in treating the condition faster. For occasional mild to moderate pain, simple solutions such as footwear change can do the trick. Doctors often suggest four simple methods. This starts with rest followed by applying ice and then trying compression and elevation.

Anti-inflammatory medications are used to treat foot arch pain. Cases that are severe in nature can be treated with steroid and anti-inflammatory injections. For extreme cases, cortisol injections are prescribed too. This is done to relieve pain and release plantar fascia. Even stretching exercises are known to give relief from the pain. Some of the recommended exercises during this period are:

  1. Stretch-related to plantar fascia: This exercise should be performed by crossing the legs at the junction of the knee. The body weight should be rested on the unaffected leg and it should gradually come down to touch the toe. The idea is to stretch the plantar fascia. A set of 20 such movements should be practised on a daily basis. Each movement should last for about 10 seconds.
  2. Foot flexing: This exercise can be practised before getting out of bed. This is the tie when the pain from the plantar fascia is felt the most. This exercise should be repeated 20 times each lasting for about 10 seconds.
  3. Rolling stretch: This exercise should be started by sitting in a chair. A tennis ball should be placed under the foot arch and the same should be rolled back and forth for ten times at a time. The same should be repeated with the second foot. Once this posture gets comfortable, the same should be practised by standing on the ball. It is known to be extremely useful for people suffering from foot arch pain.

How to prevent foot arch pain?
1. Wear shoes that are half an inch lose as they will make feel comfortable while walking
2. Losing weight; obese tends to cause pain in the foot arch
3. Performing free hand exercise and simple stretching on a daily basis
4. Not to overuse the foot. People who stand for more than 5-6 hours at stretch on a daily basis are observed to have foot arch pain.

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Fistula-In-Ano - Ayurvedic Management & Surgery (Ksharsutra) For It!

Dr. Sukrant Sharma 97% (138 ratings)
Ms - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Jammu
Fistula-In-Ano - Ayurvedic Management & Surgery (Ksharsutra) For It!

Fistula-in-Ano is a type of an abnormal hollow cavity that is lined with granulation tissue. It connects a primary opening inside the anal canal to the second opening in the perianal skin. Ayurveda has perfect surgical techniques which can help you root out this problem without leaving any chances of recurrence.

Kshar Sutra is basically an ayurvedic parasurgical treatment that involves management of Anorectal disorders for treating Fistula-in-Ano. The technique is minimally invasive in nature. Following are some of the tips related to the Ayurvedic Management & Kshar Sutra in Fistula-in-Ano:

Safe and Extremely Cost-Effective: This type of surgery uses a thread, also known as Kshar Sutra, especially prepared by herbal chemical cauterization. Cauterization is the medical practice of getting part of the body burnt, for either removing or closing off a particular part to cure diseases like Fistula-in-Ano. Hence, people can safely go for this treatment procedure because there is absolutely no risk element involved. Moreover, as the use of thread is involved in treating the problem, so basically, the minimum expense is involved. So, patients need not pay much.

Customized Treatment: Usually, three kinds of Kshar Sutra get used, depending upon the number of coatings and the quality of materials implemented. Coatings are created with ayurvedic herbs and treatment for each and every patient takes place in a customized manner depending upon their individual requirements.

Can Get Rid of Other Disorders: While undergoing the Kshar Sutra treatment for Fistula-in-Ano, patients are even routinely investigated with a special type of reference for any other associated disorder like Hypertension, Tuberculosis, Diabetes Mellitus etc.

So, Kshar Sutra not only helps people to get relief from the problem of Fistula-in-Ano but also assists in getting rid of other associated problems.

  • Maintenance of Diet as Part of Ayurvedic Management: Those patients, who suffer from the painful disease of Fistula-in- Ano, Ayurveda instructs them to maintain a healthy diet in the form of fruits and vegetables. On the contrary, they must avoid the excess amount of spicy foods, along with items that cause constipation and even make sure to not have too much of garlic, chillies and potato.
  • Keep Yourself Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is extremely essential as this helps to clear off the channels and also allow people to flush off stools and toxins from the body.
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4 Most Common Orthopedic Disorders

Dr. Rupak Kumar 89% (26 ratings)
MS - Orthopaedics
Orthopedist, Ranchi
4 Most Common Orthopedic Disorders

Orthopedic disorders include all the issues and ailments that are related to the muscles, joints and ligaments. Orthopedic disorders are so widespread and so large in number that it is very difficult to list all of them down.

However, among them the five most common orthopedic disorders are :

1. Arthritis

It is a chronic and a long lasting orthopedic disorder in which you witness the swelling or inflammation of one or more joints in the body. This condition is very painful in nature and it tends to deteriorate gradually. This condition usually affects elderly people and it also worsens with age which ultimately causes stiffness of the joints and limits your routine body movements.

2. Osteoarthritis

This is a degenerative joint disorder which leads to immense levels of pain and discomfort in the joints of the body. This is one of the most serious forms of orthopedic diseases that have been noticed. This disease involve degradation and decline in the overall quality of the bones and joints in the affected areas.

3. Lower back pain

This condition refers to periods of pain and discomfort in the lower part of your spinal area. This condition is very common nowadays and as a result of this pain your back usually becomes tender, swollen and stiff. This pain also stops you from doing your overall routine activities.

4. Rheumatoid arthritis

It is an orthopedic disorder in which there is severe amounts of swelling of a particular joint accompanied by small lumps on the affected area that further degrade the external appearance of the skin of the area. In case of adults, this disorder lasts for a lifetime and worsens with time, if left untreated. 

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Whiplash - 3 Reasons Behind It!

Dr. Atul Mishra 86% (16 ratings)
Fellowship In Joint Replacement, MS - Orthopaedics, MBBS
Orthopedist, Delhi
Whiplash - 3 Reasons Behind It!

A stinging pain in the neck that makes you feel broken from the neck joint could be a reason to worry. It is often accompanied by an aching head or a throbbing shoulder joint. Neck pain, such as this occurs due to an injury in the area resulting from sudden back and forth movement of the neck. It is referred to as whiplash as the nature of the pain and subsequent discomfort resembles the snapping of a whip. The pain is more like a sprain, but not exactly so. This can affect athletes or even any person in general who has faced an accident in recent past. Whiplash is characterized by a tearing of ligaments and tendons that connect one bone to another.

Causes of Whiplash:

1. Sports that involve contact- Any extracurricular activity involving collisions or other forms of physical contact can cause neck injuries. Football and rugby players frequently suffer from Whiplash.

2. Road accidents- Public transport has a host of disadvantages. Reckless driving can make the tendons of your neck tear. Auto accidents cause immense strain on your neck; it can also lead to Whiplash.

3. Any kind of physical abuse- If you have gotten into a violent fight with someone your neck could suffer from a Whiplash. Instances of physical abuse where the neck is jerked or punched at can also result in neck strains. Domestic violence often leads to instances of neck strains.

Symptoms related to this condition:

1. You may or may not suffer from tinnitus. Tinnitus is a physical disorder where you hear ringing sounds. It is quite distracting.
2. Your vision might get blurry.
3. You can experience irregular sleep patterns.
4. You can find it hard to concentrate on any one thing for more than a while.
5. You can grow irritable at the drop of a hat.
6. Your memory may fail you. You might find it next to impossible to trace back a day's activity.

Some of the other direct symptoms are:

1. Your neck might turn stiff preventing you from moving it left, right, up or down.
2. Pangs of pain can be felt in and around your shoulders.
3. Your upper arms can grow numb and tender.
4. Your head can spin repeatedly or you could feel dizzy.
5. Whiplash can also result in serious fatigue.

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Heel Pain Physiotherapy Tips!

Dr. Aparna Pradhan 89% (111 ratings)
BPTh/BPT, MPT
Physiotherapist, Pune
Heel Pain Physiotherapy Tips!

What should you do if your heels hurt?

  • Change shoes - avoid flat flexible flimsy shoes, find a shoe with good support.
  • Avoid barefoot walking.
  • Stretch your calf.

Give it a few days and call your physiotherapist you still have pain.

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