Arthritis, the debilitating condition that
affects millions of Indians annually, just got easier to handle. Rapid
developments in preventive medicine and treatments for this crippling condition
have been carried out, which may prove to be extremely beneficial over the years
in affecting overall quality of life.
arthritis, the most common type of arthritis, is an auto-immune disorder that
causes inflammation and destroys the bone-covering cartilage. The most traditional form of treatment for
this disease is the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs,
though used widely and extensively by almost all arthritis patients, works
merely by blocking pain, and actually do not prevent the destruction of the
Enter-the new class of drugs that works both
ways-combats pain, as well as prevents the degeneration of the joints-the
biologics, DMARD's (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs). Taken earlier,
they can stop atleast 90% deterioration of joints. Some common biologics
include Enbrel, Humira, Cimzia, Actemra, Kineret and Orencia. Also, the FDA has
now approved a new drug-Xeljanz (tofacitinib), which may be used effectively to
treat rheumatoid arthritis. This new drug may prove to be extremely beneficial
to those intolerant to methotrexate.
for a person suffering from arthritis differs for each individual, depending
largely on his/ her condition, the severity of the symptoms, the extent of
degeneration and even the gender of the individual. It is therefore, virtually
impossible to detect the perfect treatment for an individual.
It is rightly said, 'when all else fails, go
back to nature'. Hundreds of patients suffering from osteoarthritis and
rheumatoid arthritis have experienced more benefits in Ayurvedic forms of
treatment than the conventional medications and drugs. The Ayurvedic treatment
includes a combination of herbal pouch massages, shirodhara
(a technique using different oils which are poured down
onto the patient's head in a steady stream) and herbal pastes and packs (mostly
applied on the area affected). Dietary changes are also an important part of
the holistic mode of this treatment.
have been performing an exhaustive number of knee and hip replacement surgeries
for decades now, but with the introduction of newer, less invasive surgical
procedures, the scenario is about to change.
Articular surface replacement (ASR), a new
minimally invasive alternative to the traditional hip replacement surgery, has
proved to be beneficial for the younger patients being affected by hip and
femur degenerations. This replacement technique offers you a choice of MOM
(metal on metal) and COC (ceramic on ceramic) replacements. Younger, active
individuals should opt for MOM replacement whereas the elderly and pregnant
women should stick to COC implant to minimize the risk caused by metallic ions
that arise as a result of the friction.
This replacement technique is by far the best
treatment option for those suffering extensive injuries and has the potential
to work far better than a tradition hip replacement surgery. This is because a
large portion of the patient's own bone is preserved, and only the diseased
part is replaced, which results in a more natural joint movement.