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Every arthritis is not same

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Every arthritis is not the same. While osteoarthritis, also called as green arthritis, may require only painkillers and rehabilitation exercises, the red inflammation arthritis called rheumatoid arthritis, if not treated early and aggressively can end up with serious deforming complications

Any arthritis in young women of child-bearing age should not be ignored, especially if it is worse in the morning and improves by movement. Most of them will have high platelet count on blood examination. These patients require aggressive treatment with disease-modifying drugs within days of the onset of symptoms and diagnosis. Approximately 1-2% of population may have this type of disease.

Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, is a disease of age 50+ and is due to wear and tear of various joints in the body and break down of the cartilage cushion in the joints. It mainly affects the weight-bearing joints like the knees, hips, neck and lower back joints. Inflammation is not a major feature of osteoarthritis.

Another form of joint disorder is gout, which is never seen in children and in people below 40 years of age and is almost never seen in young women before the onset of menopause unless there is a known underlying kidney disease.

The progression of osteoarthritis can be arrested with appropriate exercises, weight reduction and preventing posture and movement that worsen the disease.

Typical wear and tear of osteoarthritis is caused by sitting cross legged, doing Padmasana, squatting, other non physiological postures, sitting on low level surface like floor and low chairs, doing push ups, going up and down on stairs, etc.

Most yoga postures should be done under medical supervision and should follow with a counter yoga exercise.

Most patients of serious arthritis end up with treatment with other systems of medicines or with quacks.

Should I go for a knee replacement?

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Yes if

  • I am no longer able to do my routine work without help
  • I have pain that keeps me awake at night despite the use of drugs
  • I have pain that keeps me from being able to walk or bend over
  • I have pain that isn’t relieved by rest
  • I have pain that is not responding to non-surgical approaches.
  • I have been told that less-complicated surgical procedures are unlikely to help.
  • The disease osteoarthritis is wearing me down physically, emotionally, and mentally.
  • I am suffering from severe side effects from the drugs
  • Advanced arthritis is demonstrated on my test
  • If significant joint damage has occurred on my tests.

Every arthritis is not same

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Every arthritis is not the same. While osteoarthritis, also called as green arthritis, may require only painkillers and rehabilitation exercises, the red inflammation arthritis called rheumatoid arthritis, if not treated early and aggressively can end up with serious deforming complications Any arthritis in young women of child-bearing age should not be ignored, especially if it is worse in the morning and improves by movement. Most of them will have high platelet count on blood examination. These patients require aggressive treatment with disease-modifying drugs within days of the onset of symptoms and diagnosis. Approximately 1-2% of population may have this type of disease. Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, is a disease of age 50+ and is due to wear and tear of various joints in the body and break down of the cartilage cushion in the joints. It mainly affects the weight-bearing joints like the knees, hips, neck and lower back joints. Inflammation is not a major feature of osteoarthritis. Another form of joint disorder is gout, which is never seen in children and in people below 40 years of age and is almost never seen in young women before the onset of menopause unless there is a known underlying kidney disease. The progression of osteoarthritis can be arrested with appropriate exercises, weight reduction and preventing posture and movement that worsen the disease. Typical wear and tear of osteoarthritis is caused by sitting crosslegged, doing Padmasana, squatting, other non physiological postures, sitting on low level surface like floor and low chairs, doing push ups, going up and down on stairs, etc. Most yoga postures should be done under medical supervision and should follow with a counter yoga exercise. Most patients of serious arthritis end up with treatment with other systems of medicines or with quacks.

4 ways to put off joint replacement

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Lose weight: For every extra pound you carry, you put about three pounds of additional pressure on your knees and multiply the pressure on your hips by six. If you have arthritis, losing just 15 pounds can cut your knee pain in half. If you do eventually need a joint replaced, losing weight beforehand can reduce your risk of having complications from surgery. Swimming, walking, or riding a stationary bike are the way to go. • Take care when using your joints: By standing up straight instead of slouching you can protect the joints in your neck, hips, and knees. Also use the proper technique when lifting or carrying anything heavy. If any activity hurts, stop doing it right away. • Try nonsurgical approaches before turning to surgery: Treatment with steroid injections is one approach. Benefits can last anywhere from 4 to 6 months. However, it doesn’t work for everyone. Viscosupplementation involves injecting a lubricating fluid into damaged knee joints to treat osteoarthritis. • Get pain relief: Use NSAIDs. There is also some evidence that the dietary supplement glucosamine chondroitin can lead to subtle improvements in arthritis pain. “It doesn’t rebuild joints, but it does seem to help with the pain. • If you can’t escape from joint pain even while at rest, your pain is only relieved by narcotic medications, or your function is severely compromised, it’s time to consider a joint replacement.

Every arthritis is not same

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Every arthritis is not the same. While osteoarthritis, also called as green arthritis, may require only painkillers and rehabilitation exercises, the red inflammation arthritis called rheumatoid arthritis, if not treated early and aggressively can end up with serious deforming complications

Any arthritis in young women of child-bearing age should not be ignored, especially if it is worse in the morning and improves by movement. Most of them will have high platelet count on blood examination. These patients require aggressive treatment with disease-modifying drugs within days of the onset of symptoms and diagnosis. Approximately 1-2% of population may have this type of disease.

Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, is a disease of age 50+ and is due to wear and tear of various joints in the body and break down of the cartilage cushion in the joints. It mainly affects the weight-bearing joints like the knees, hips, neck and lower back joints. Inflammation is not a major feature of osteoarthritis.

Another form of joint disorder is gout, which is never seen in children and in people below 40 years of age and is almost never seen in young women before the onset of menopause unless there is a known underlying kidney disease.

The progression of osteoarthritis can be arrested with appropriate exercises, weight reduction and preventing posture and movement that worsen the disease.

Typical wear and tear of osteoarthritis is caused by sitting cross legged, doing Padmasana, squatting, other non physiological postures, sitting on low level surface like floor and low chairs, doing push ups, going up and down on stairs, etc.

Most yoga postures should be done under medical supervision and should follow with a counter yoga exercise.

Most patients of serious arthritis end up with treatment with other systems of medicines or with quacks.

Every arthritis is not same

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Filed Under Wellness | Tagged With: , , , , | | Comments Off on Every arthritis is not same

Every arthritis is not the same. While osteoarthritis, also called as green arthritis, may require only painkillers and rehabilitation exercises, the red inflammation arthritis called rheumatoid arthritis, if not treated early and aggressively can end up with serious deforming complications.

Any arthritis in young women of child-bearing age should not be ignored, especially if it is worse in the morning and improves by movement. Most of them will have high platelet count on blood examination. These patients require aggressive treatment with disease-modifying drugs within days of the onset of symptoms and diagnosis. Approximately 1-2% of population may have this type of disease.

Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, is a disease of age 50+ and is due to wear and tear of various joints in the body and break down of the cartilage cushion in the joints. It mainly affects the weight-bearing joints like the knees, hips, neck and lower back joints. Inflammation is not a major feature of osteoarthritis. The experts said that another form of joint disorder is due to gout which is never seen in people below 40 years of age and is almost never seen in young women before the onset of menopause unless there is a known underlying kidney disease and never seen in children.

The progression of osteoarthritis can be arrested with appropriate exercises, weight reduction and preventing posture and movement that worsen the disease.

Typical wear and tear of osteoarthritis is caused by sitting cross legged, doing Padmasana, squatting, other non physiological postures, sitting on low level surface like floor and low chairs, doing push ups, going up and down on stairs, etc.

Most yoga postures should be done under medical supervision and should follow with a counter yoga exercise.

Most patients of serious arthritis end up with treatment with other systems of medicines or with quacks.

A: Yes if

1. I am no longer able to do my routine work without help

2.  I have pain that keeps me awake at night despite the use of drugs

3. I have pain that keeps me from being able to walk or bend over

4. I have pain that isn’t relieved by rest

5. I have pain that is not responding to non-surgical approaches.

6. I have been told that less-complicated surgical procedures are unlikely to help.

7.  The disease osteoarthritis is wearing me down physically, emotionally, and mentally.

8. I am suffering from severe side effects from the drugs

9. Advanced arthritis is demonstrated on my test

10. If significant joint damage has occurred on my tests.