Indian radiologist spearheads cure for osteoarthritis sans surgery

by VR Sreeraman on  November 5, 2006 at 1:21 PM Research News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment
Font : A-A+

Indian radiologist spearheads cure for osteoarthritis sans surgery
An Indian radiologist has spearheaded clinical research to cure osteoarthritis without surgery and helped hundreds suffering from the painful condition to walk again, holding out promise of relief to the millions suffering from it.

Said to be the first of its kind in the world, the non-invasive treatment involves application of electromagnetic beams to regenerate tissues that wear and tear due to ageing.

Wing Commander (Retd) V.G. Vasishta, former head of radio diagnosis department at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM) here, said the Rotational Field Quantum Magnetic Resonance (RFQMR) beam treatment on patients during clinical trials have shown remarkable results.

With growing demand, he plans to open clinics in major metros like Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata over the next six months offering the treatment, which is much cheaper than knee replacement.

Vasishta told IANS: "As a degenerative disease caused by the loss of cartilage from load-bearing joints, especially the knees, osteoarthritis results in impairment of movement and chronic pain. Though many therapies, including newer drugs have been tried, the results have not been encouraging, forcing sufferers into expensive surgery."

"By applying the Rotational Field Quantum Magnetic Resonance beams in the clinical trials spread over two years and covering about 500 patients, we had remarkable results in terms of relief from severe pain and regeneration of the cartilage in a natural process without side-effects."

The RFQMR technology generates precise high intensity quantum magnetic resonance beams from 288 specially designed guns that are focused on a target tissue. The beams are delivered in the sub-radio and near-radio frequency spectrum by a computerised device called Cytotron to alter the cell membrane potential.

"Like other tissues, bone and cartilage are constantly being built-up and broken down by a variety of metabolic and physical influences. The major stimulus for bone and cartilage formation is a piezoelectric signal generated when these structures are subjected to tension or compression.

"Younger people also fall prey to osteoarthritis because of sedentary lifestyles, lack of exercise, irregular food habits, obesity and genetic disorders. Majority of the patients treated during the trials seem to have been affected due to hazardous occupations in the urban environment, coupled with static postures while watching television or using computers for long hours," Vasishta said.

Increasing urbanisation and changing lifestyles due to growing consumerism have shown osteoarthritis becoming an epidemic in the sub-continent, with at least 15 percent of the over billion-strong Indians suffering from the painful condition.

After having successfully treated about 500 people in the age group of 40-75 years and making them walk again without surgery, Vasishta has decided to offer the treatment across the country through special clinics being set up by Cartigen Healthcare Ltd., a company co-founded by him and his associates.

The clinical trials were conducted as a pilot project after taking consent of the patients as prescribed by the Institute Ethics Committee. Their knees were exposed to the RFQMR beams for one hour everyday for three weeks. After the treatment, they were re-assessed radiologically and by other parameters set by the Knee Society.

Prior to the 21-day treatment, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the knees is taken to plan the exact dosage and map the affected region. The beams are precisely controlled and focused on to tissues, generating streaming voltage potentials.

The electrical impulse in the joints causes forced movement of hydrogen protons and stimulates the cartilage called chondrocytes.

"The trials have demonstrated that RFQMR stimulates the chondrocytes and initiates the regeneration process, reduces pain and increases mobility of the joints, thus reversing the negative cycle," Vasishta pointed out.

Initially, two dedicated clinics for treating osteoarthritis will become operational in Bangalore and Mumbai from Nov 15. The Cytotron RFQMR machine has been designed and developed at the Centre for Advanced Research & Development (CADR) in Bangalore.

The Switzerland-based International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection, which prescribes the safety laws for the use of RFQMR, has approved the Cytotron device for treating osteoarthritis by Cartigen.

"Keeping in view the growing demand for such non-invasive treatment, we plan to open 10-15 clinics in major metros like Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata over the next six months," Vasishta said.

In order to make the treatment affordable and within the reach of the common man, Cartigen is keeping the cost at Rs.60,000, which is one-fourth that incurred for the replacement of both knees by surgery.

Source: IANS
SRM

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions
afrose

I am a patient with knee osteo-arthiritis. Is there any clinic in Kolkata which gives treatment for knee osteoarthritis with Cytotron? Is the treatment approved by Indian Medical Council?

Professor D. Afrose

guest

Have you visited the place?? can you give me details regarding your visit if you have visited!!

My mother is a potential osteoarthritis patient, besides both knees she suffers also from back pain.She is over 70 years.I live in Pakistan but would travel to India. What would be the approximate cost and time required?
Thanks & Regards
Hanif

guest

I am a potential osteoarthritis patient please send more information.Is over 70 too old for the treatment.I live in Mexico City but would travel to India. Would it be possible to treat simultaneously, knees, shoulders and hips? Which would be the approximate cost and time required?

guest

Cytotron is great. Now Sibia Medical Centre, Ludhiana, the first centre to provide the facility has started taking up cancer patients. Details can be had from http://www.nokneesurgery.com/ and http://www.nocancersurgery.com/ or from help line +91-9814034818

More News on:

Osteoarthritis Hypermobility Syndrome Back Pain at Workplace: Prevention and Exercises Knee Replacement Surgery Diet, Nutrition and Supplements for Osteo-Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis Hip Replacement Surgery Avascular Necrosis Psoriatic Arthritis Stickler Syndrome 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive