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Osteoarthritis

Updated: Jul 27, 2020

Every day we see people complaining about knee pain. When we see those kind of people, there is a mild change in their walking style. If you have any members in your family having knee pain you must have noted that they would also have a change in their walking style. Some of this knee pain are because of degeneration of the knee joint. We call it Osteoarthritis.


People who complain of knee pain, are mostly unable to walk and also sometimes need support. When they consult an Orthopedic Surgeon they are prescribed with dangerous painkillers or Knee Replacement. The pain killers are most dangerous as they will slowly destroy your Liver, Kidney and then again most of the surgeries are becoming a failure because of the implant, insufficient exercise and proper diet. When the surgery fails the patient will again complain of pain, stiffness or instability and also limp.


But there is always good news in Ayurveda. You need not undergo a surgery. We provide you the best ayurvedic Treatments which will help you to prevent the damage also reduce your pain and that will help to relive the stiffness and also improves your walk.


I had a patient with sever OA in knee joint. He was unable to walk. When we consulted him, he mentioned that he underwent a knee replacement surgery in the right knee and in a couple of years, he had started to have pain and again consulted the same doctor, he was prescribed with painkillers, otherwise he was adviced to have another knee replacement surgery. So he decided to withdraw painkiller medicines and start with Ayurvedic treatment. Then we gave medicines and did Ayurvedic Treatments and from that he came out from his pain in just 7 days.


So Osteoarthritis, Degenerative joint disease can be treated in Ayurveda saving you from surgeries and dangerous pain killers


So I would like to brief you


What is Osteoarthritis (OA)


Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that features the breakdown and eventual loss of the cartilage of one or more joints.

Cartilage is a "cushion" between the bones of the joints. It occurs gradually and worsens over time.

It is also called as degenerative joint disease


Causes of Osteoarthritis (OA)


Primary osteoarthritis is mostly related to aging. With aging, the water content of the cartilage increases and the protein makeup of cartilage degenerates. Repetitive use of the joints over the years causes damage to the cartilage that leads to joint pain and swelling. Eventually, cartilage begins to degenerate and in advanced cases, there is a total loss of the cartilage cushion between the bones of the joints. The older you are, the more wear and tear you’ve had on your joints.

Other causes of joint damage include past injury, such as:

Torn cartilage

Dislocated joints

Ligament injuries

they also include joint malformation, obesity, and poor posture.

Loss of cartilage cushion causes friction between the bones, leading to pain and limitation of joint mobility.


Symptoms


Loss of cartilage cushion causes friction between the bones, leading to pain and limitation of joint mobility. The most common symptom of osteoarthritis is pain in the affected joints after repetitive use. Joint pain is usually worse later in the day. There can be swelling, warmth, and creaking of the affected joints in severe stages


Treatment


OA can be treated through Medicines, Physiotherapy and mostly Surgeries to.


Self Remedy during initial stage of OA

Hot water Fermentation, Exercise, Supplimets like "Boswellia serrata" can be taken which acts as anti-inflammatory and eases stiffness

 

OA in Ayurveda (Sandhigata Vata)


Osteoarthritis is a common condition affecting both women and men, especially in the latter decades in other words during the Vatha predominant life stage.


Osteoarthritis is essentially a vatha disorder, with the involvement of pitha and kapha doshas. Vatha has dry and light qualities and its vitiation leads to imbalance of Kapha dosha. This depletion leads to osteo arthritis in which the cartilage in the joints wears away causing friction, pain and limited joint mobility and affects the large weight-bearing joints, like the hips and knees, also hands, feet, and spine.



Treatment in Ayurveda


The Ayurvedic treatment for Osteo arthritis includes Herbal Medications and procedures such as Panchakarma for returning the toxins to the gut for excretion, rehabilitation of agni , lifestyle and dietary changes to address the initial cause of vitiation of agni and build-up of ama.


Herbs which help in OA


Shallaki

Turmeric

Ashwagandha

Thriphala

Guggulu etc helps in OA


External Ayurveda Treatment


The Ayurvedic treatment for Arthritis includes:


Abhyangam

Podi Kizhi

Ezha Kizhi

Njavara Kizhi

Pizhichil

Virechana

Upanaham

Janu Vasti


Recommended Treatment duration varies according to every individuals severity from minimum 7 days to 28 days.

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