People with severe joint pain, limitation in movements, stiffness, weakness of muscle, limp, or a swelling are considered for joint replacement surgery . In advanced stages, patients may have trouble with regular activities such as walking, climbing stairs, putting on shoes, and getting into and out of cars.
Guggulu and Shallaki with various herbal combinations are used in Ayurved to treat Arthritis. The guggulu (Commiphera mukul ) and Shallaki (Boswelia serrata) are excellent anti inflammatory medicines which reduce the swelling and pain in the joints. These medicines help in Aampachan and thus reduce the pain and swelling . Various heat treatments such as Patrapottali swedan, Bashpa swedan, Valuka pottali swedan help to reduce the stiffness in the joints and relieve the musculoskeletal pain.
Physiotherapist follow the Principe of "use it or loose it". Early diagnosis and effective treatment of injuries, complete rehabilitation should decrease the risk of osteoarthritis. Thus holistic approach of physical therapy can be summed up in one word Oath(Oa- osteoarthritis and Th- treatment in harmony)
Prevention / Delaying progression of Osteoarthritis Weight checks Within BMI limits of 18.5 - 25. Exercise Regular exercise maintains a good joint range and mobility; especially non-contact sports like swimming / cycling. Elderly should avoid squatting and sitting crossed legged Avoid injuries If present, get them treated at the earliest. Adequate rest after strenuous workouts... Continue Reading →