Doctor’s article -Arthritis

This article has been written by Dr. Shruti Bhavsar of Swas healthcare.

Arthritis – Causes and Background

Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints. A joint is an area of the body where two different bones meet. A joint functions to move the body parts connected by its bones. The major complaint by individuals who have arthritis is joint pain. Pain is often a constant and may be localized to the joint affected. The pain from arthritis occurs due to inflammation that occurs around the joint, damage to the joint from disease, daily wear and tear of joint, muscle strains caused by forceful movements against stiff, painful joints and fatigue.

There are many types of arthritis. The important types are Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It can affect both the larger and the smaller joints of the body, including the hands, feet, back, hip or knee. The disease is essentially one acquired from daily wear and tear of the joint; however, osteoarthritis can also occur as a result of injury. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disorder in which, for some unknown reason, the body’s own immune system starts to attack body tissues. The attack is not only directed at the joint but too many other parts of the body. Symptoms of arthritis include pain and limited function of joints. Inflammation of the joints from arthritis is characterized by joint stiffness, swelling, redness, and warmth. Tenderness of the inflamed joint can be present.

Treatment at Swas healthcare

Naturopathic treatment for arthritis tries to address the root cause of the disease, at the same time providing relief from the pains. Simple changes in diet like introduction of more anti-oxidants and vitamin C, in fruits like oranges, also vegetables like carrot, leafy vegetables and salads, help in breaking down the radical cells in the body. Hence it reduces the inflammation and pain. Also, naturopathic treatments like Potli massage, Oil massage, and hydrotherapy techniques help and reduce the symptomatic pains and inflammation. Special massages like onion massage would also be given in the affected areas. Special and simple yoga asanas, loosening and relaxation asanas and light exercises, avoiding knee bearing exercises, help in joint mobilization and relaxation, thus reducing the inflammation.

A simple follow up plan is suggested for the patients,which consists of easy diet tips, few exercises etc. to be followed at home. Unlike modern medicine which only addresses the pain and provides temporary relief, naturopathic treatments provide long term relief from arthritis.


Case study– Arthritis

This case study has been written by Dr. ShrutiBhavsar, the medical director of Swas healthcare.

Patient’s background and symptoms

I know a patient Mrs. Sita (name changed for privacy sake) from Surat. She is 65 years old and had been suffering from severe osteoarthritis for the last 10 years. She had been to multiple modern medicine facilities and had received little relief. Her joint pains have increased by age and she was suffering with severe walking problem when she visited us.

Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints. A joint is an area of the body where two different bones meet. A joint functions to move the body parts connected by its bones. The major complaint by individuals who have arthritis is joint pain. Pain is often a constant and may be localized to the joint affected. The pain from arthritis occurs due to inflammation that occurs around the joint, damage to the joint from disease, daily wear and tear of joint, muscle strains caused by forceful movements against stiff, painful joints and fatigue.Symptoms of arthritis include pain and limited function of joints. Inflammation of the joints from arthritis is characterized by joint stiffness, swelling, redness, and warmth. Tenderness of the inflamed joint can be present.

Treatments at Swas healthcare

At swas healthcare, she was admitted as an OPD patient at our Surat clinic. Hence it was even more challenging for us. Her treatment started with naturopathic treatments like potli massage, oil massage, hot and cold fomentation etc. These were supplemented by hot and cold leg packs and other hydrotherapy techniques. These not only provided symptomatic relief but also relaxed the strained ligaments and joints. These also help in increasing the blood flow to these areas which thus helped the body to repair itself. Also, she was suggested a diet which is C vitamin rich. Vitamin C acts as an anti-oxidant and reduces the radical cells in the body which cause the pain. Also, she was suggested various controlled fasting routines with orange juice, leafy vegetables etc. Also, special treatments like onion peel massage, hot arm and foot bath were administered to her, which helped in tremendous healing of her condition.

Follow up and recovery

After she had taken the treatments for 1month, her stiffness in her legs has reduced and so has her walking problem. A diet with sufficient daily intake of calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D, which helps to promote new bone growth, has also been suggested. Also few easy exercises like hot water arm exercises, leg massage and local steam had been suggested. Her condition has improved a lot. She has also reduced her medication and also relieved from her long lasting pains.

“When I came to Ananddham I could not even walk 100 meters without break. Now after treatment I walk 2 KMs daily and I am off pain-killers.”

– Kalawati Devi, 68 Yrs


Arthritis – wellness tips

Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints. A joint is an area of the body where two different bones meet. A joint functions to move the body parts connected by its bones. The major complaint by individuals who have arthritis is joint pain. Pain is often a constant and may be localized to the joint affected. The pain from arthritis occurs due to inflammation that occurs around the joint, damage to the joint from disease, daily wear and tear of joint, muscle strains caused by forceful movements against stiff, painful joints and fatigue.Symptoms of arthritis include pain and limited function of joints. Inflammation of the joints from arthritis is characterized by joint stiffness, swelling, redness, and warmth. Tenderness of the inflamed joint can be present.

Naturopathy gives long term relief but most people are not ready to spend time for treatment and rather go for allopathic medication which gives symptomatic relief and does not treat the root cause.Simple changes in diet, exercise can control arthritis to a major extent. Some of the wellness tips which can be followed at home, which help control arthritis, are

Massage

Oil or warm water massage can help in relaxing the joints and ligaments hence relieving from the pain. Also local steam, hot arm and leg bath can help in mobilizing the joints and relieving the pain.

Diet

Arthritis is caused by radical cells in the body which can be controlled by anti-oxidants. Hence a diet rich in vitamin C like or anti-oxidants like carrot juice, orange juice, leafy vegetables and salads can be taken in more proportion. Also, controlled fasting with orange juice etc. can work really well in the case of arthritis.

Following the above remedies can control diabetes to considerable extent but temporarily. Naturopathic treatment tries to address the root cause of diabetes, hence has fairly long term results. These tips are only suggestions made by our competent doctors. However, we suggest you to consult a competent doctor. We also encourage you to contact our customer service or write to our doctor about your condition so that we can help you with our expert advice.

Exercises

Simple knee and arm exercises can help in mobilization of the joints. Exercises like under water palm exercises, exercises with smile ball etc. also help the cause. Avoiding knee bearing yoga asana and including more of loosening asana and light exercises can also help in improving the condition.

Following the above remedies can control arthritis to considerable extent but temporarily. Naturopathic treatment tries to address the root cause of arthritis, hence has fairly long term results. These tips are only suggestions made by our competent doctors. However, we suggest you to consult a doctor or a competent practitioner. We also encourage you to contact our customer service or write to our doctor about your condition so that we can help you with our expert advice.

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