Frequently Asked Questions

Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis.

Osteoarthritis affects the joints and surrounding tissues, it's wear and tear of joints because of ageing, but more scientific view is that osteoarthritis is an active disease that involves inflammation and other processes that destroy the joint. Over time there is gradual breakdown of cartilage - the cushion that covers the tips of bones, allowing joints to move easily. When cartilage becomes thin, bones rub against each other - causing the stiffness, pain and difficulty in movement that are hallmarks of osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is most common in older people. However, younger people can also develop the disease, typically as a result of a joint injury, a joint malformation, or a genetic defect in the joint cartilage. It is also more likely to occur in people who are overweight and those with profession that stresses particular joints. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the India. While women tend to have more osteoarthritis problems than men do, everyone's risk increases as they get older.

An estimated 4 to 6 percent (About 50-60 million people's in India ) of the India population age 25 and older have osteoarthritis.

The cause of osteoarthritis is unknown. Factors that might cause it include the following:

  •  Being overweight.
  •  Getting Older (wear and tear).
  •  Joint Injury.
  •  Joints that are not properly formed (alignment/imbalance problems).
  •  A genetic defect in the joint cartilage.
  •  Stresses on the joints from certain activities including sports, work and leisure activities.

Individuals with osteoarthritis typically experience joint pain, stiffness, and some movement limitations. Warning signs include:

  •  Stiffness in a joint after getting out of bed or sitting for a long time.
  •  Swelling or tenderness in one or more joints.
  •  A crunching, grinding, or popping sensation which occurs during movement.

Individuals with osteoarthritis typically experience joint pain, stiffness, and some movement limitations. Warning signs include:

Stiffness in a joint after getting our of bed or sitting for a long time.

Swelling or tenderness in one or more joints.

A crunching, grinding, or popping sensation which occurs during movement.

Osteoarthritis most often occurs in the following areas:

  •  Knee is the most important part which is affected and hit the life of people socio-economically the most.
  •  Hands - Fingers, thumbs, and wrist joints (often made worse by high stress or repetitive actions)
  •  Spine -In the neck and lower back, Knees, Hips, Shoulders.

Osteoarthritis most often occurs in the following areas:

Knee is the most important part which is affected and hit the life of people socioeconomically the most.

Hands - fingers, thumbs, and wrist joints (often made worse by high stress or repetitive actions)

Spine - in the neck and lower back,Knees,Hips, Shoulders

There is not one single test that can diagnose osteoarthritis, however a doctor may use several methods to diagnose the disease and rule out other problems. Some of these methods include:

  •  Medical history
  •  Physical examination
  •  X-rays
  •  MRI
  •  Blood tests and related lab work to rule out other conditions

The treatment of osteoarthritis has four main goals.

  •  Improve joint function (restoring motion and function)
  •  Keep a healthy body weight
  •  Control pain
  •  Achieve a healthy lifestyle

Typically treatments can be combined to fit a patient's needs, lifestyle, and health. Treatment plans typically involve:

  •  Exercise
  •  Weight control
  •  Rest and joint care
  •  Nondrug pain relief techniques to control pain
  •  Medicines
  •  Complementary and alternative therapies
  •  Surgery/Joint Replacement

Most people with osteoarthritis can live an active, productive life despite the disease. They do so by using treatment strategies such as rest and exercise, pain relief medications, education and support programs, learning self-care, and having a "good attitude."

Yes, most major insurances and Medicare will pay for some if not all of our services. Please contact us so that we can help you explore your insurances coverage of these services.

Each treatment plan will be different based on the individual and the severity of symptoms. Most treatments will last anywhere from 6 – 12 weeks including physical therapy.

Depending on severity of osteoarthritis doses can vary from 1 tablet twice a day to thrice a day.

This is debatable subject but modern medicine have limitation.

Most economical and effective modern medicine is Asprin. but due to side effect and temporary relief it is not safe to use long term.

Clinical and experimental research indicates that current drugs being used in osteoarthritis may be producing short-term benefit, but actually accelerating the progression of the joint destruction.

The first drug generally used in the treatment of osteoarthritis is aspirin. It is often quite effective in relieving both the pain and inflammation. It is also fairly inexpensive. However, since the therapeutic dose required is relatively high (2 to 4 grams per day), toxicity often occurs. Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and gastric irritation are early manifestations of toxicity.

Other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often used, especially when aspirin is ineffective or intolerable. The following are representative of this class of drugs; ibuprofen (Motrin), fenoprofen (Nalfon), indomethacin (Indocin), naproxen (Naprosyn), tolmetin (Tolectin), and sulindac (Clinoril). These drugs are also associated with side effects including gastrointestinal upset, headaches, dizziness, and are therefore recommended for only short periods of time.

One side effect of aspirin and other NSAIDs that is often not mentioned is their inhibition of cartilage repair and acceleration of cartilage destruction. Because osteoarthritis is caused by a degeneration of cartilage, it appears that while NSAIDs are fairly effective in suppressing the symptoms, they possibly worsen the condition by inhibiting cartilage formation and accelerating cartilage destruction. This has been upheld in clinical studies which have shown that NSAIDs use is associated with acceleration of osteoarthritis and increased joint destruction. Simply stated, aspirin and other NSAIDs appear to suppress the symptoms but accelerate the progression of osteoarthritis. Their use should be avoided.

Now the next remedy in modern medicine is local injection of Steroid and Hyaluronic acid which is again a temporary relief not a permanent solution.

As you have seen above that modern medicine is unable to cure OA, in fact it helps OA progression and injectable are also a temporary relief.

The fact you have to understand that journey of cartilaginous degeneration in a joint from fit to extensive cartilaginous deterioration and deformity and bony spar formation is of about 15 to 20 years where modern medicine due to its side effect and limitation cannot serve for more than 2-3 year in the entire period but no Doctor of modern medicine will accept this fact upfront.

So the truth is Drs of modern medicine is helpless and looks like they just wait and watch when patient gets deformity to extent where they can suggest replacement of joint. But taking support of old Ancient or Herbal medicine is like a prestige issue and limitation for them but under this reality patient themselves move on to take support of alternative medicine which is truly advisable.

Ancient and alternate medicine not only gives relief in pain and inflammation but also checks or slow down the progression of disease and make patient life comfortable, that also without any side effect.

Along with Ayurvedic and alternate medicine Nutritional Supplements also plays important role to give relief and it is observed all Doctors of modern and Ayurvedic medicine have taken support of such Supplements to give relief to patient from agony of OA.

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