Dr. OP Garg is a Rheumatologist and Head, Rheumatology at BL Kapur Hospital, New Delhi. He has been awarded for his work by the President of India. In this blog, he talks about various conditions related to joint pains like Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankolysing Spondylitis, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis etc.
Alternative therapies to aid Osteoarthritis Treatment and Prevention of OA

Alternative therapies to aid Osteoarthritis Treatment and Prevention of OA

Listed below are some alternative or additional therapies that can aid the process of Osteoarthritis Treatment. Consult your Rheumatologist to get a customised list of exercises and other therapies to with your existing medications and routine. PHYSICAL THERAPY Physical therapy improves muscle strength and the range of motion of stiff...
What is Osteoarthritis or OA and what can cause it?

What is Osteoarthritis or OA and what can cause it?

OA is the most common type of arthritis. It is also called hypertrophic osteoarthritis & degenerative joint disease. It is thought to be a wear and tear disease of the joints, occurring because of the ageing process. But there are many other risk factors which can accelerate the development of...
Painful numbness in the hand? It can be Carpel tunnel syndrome.

Painful numbness in the hand? It can be Carpel tunnel syndrome.

A band of fibrous tissue surrounds the wrist to support it. The tight space between this fibrous band and the wrist bones called carpels is called the carpal tunnel. A nerve called median nerve passes through this tunnel. Many conditions can compress this nerve inside this tunnel causing tingling and...
Caffiene and Bone mineral density (BMD)

Caffiene and Bone mineral density (BMD)

The most common sources of caffeine are coffee, tea and sodas. Coffee – Consuming 3-4 cup of coffee (not a mug, which is equal to 2 cups of coffee) that amounts to more than 300 mg of caffeine intake (and of course if you are not taking caffeine in any...
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About Joint Replacements

Many people suffering from Osteoarthritis follow a similar path. The level of pain and suffering, they must endure, escalates over the years and eventually becomes too much to bear. People suffering from severe, end-stage Osteoarthritis are often forced to resort to joint replacement surgery. In recent years, joint replacement has become the de facto method...
All your Arthritis questions, answered.

All your Arthritis questions, answered.

1.  What is ARTHRITIS? Arthritis simply means joint pain, stiffness or swelling due to inflammation. Like fever is a symptom of hundreds of other diseases, arthritis is a symptom caused by more than 100 diseases. Only further clinical details will reveal the actual disease. 2.  Which Doctor & specialty deals with Arthritis and Rheumatism? The...
A new breed of doctors are here - The Rheumatologists

A new breed of doctors are here – The Rheumatologists

  A sure way to destroy the joints is to follow the advice of someone who says “So, your son has joint pains, try this and do that, but never take modern  medicine, it’s got so many side effects (in effect, you will let arthritis destroy your joints before you even consult a modern specialty Doctor...

Know The Truth About Arthritis Treatments. Be Informed.

Something for you to ponder upon… Today I was reading an article on awareness about Organ Donation. With this a thought came to mind which I am sharing with you, share with others if you like. People very often, reach out late to a Rheumatologist after they start developing deformities in joints due the continued...

Know the right treatment, investigations & medicines for Osteoarthritis / OA

What Investigations are likely to be ordered by your doctor. BLOOD TESTS: No blood tests are helpful in diagnosing OA. However investigations to rule out other causes of arthritis like gout, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and also joint infection might be carried out. Joint fluid might need be aspirated for joint fluid examination for the same...
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis - When should you go to a joint pain doctor for treatment of OA?

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis – When should you go to a joint pain doctor for treatment of OA?

What do the patients of Osteoarthritis experience? Pain and stiffness in the joints are the most common symptoms. The pain is usually more after exercise and when you put weight or pressure on the joints. If you have Osteoarthritis, your joints probably become stiffer and harder to move over time. You may notice a rubbing,...

Suggested Lifestyle Changes for Osteoarthritis patients

A change in lifestyle has made a significant difference to my patients who suffer from Osteoarthritis or OA. This can help you too. I suggest the following lifestyle routines; Be  active, do  regular optimal exercises without damaging the joints further.  Ask your doctor to prescribe you a tailor made home exercise routine. Water exercises, such...

The Single Best thing you can do for your Health

A great visual message about what I have been saying for all these years to my patients. The single best thing you can do to stay health is ‘Stay Healthy’ – Exercise, Eat Good Food, Stay Fit, Don’t Smoke.
Rheumatoid Arthritis RA Diet

Rheumatoid Arthritis RA Diet

What to avoid: All Pasteurized and Dairy Products Egg Plant / Brinjal Potatoes Tomatoes Corn Bacon & Pork Oranges Refined Sugars Chemical Sugar Sweetners MSG (Monosodium glutamate) Alcohol Caffeine Red Meat Processed food Common salt Tobacco   What to Eat: Salmon Flax Seeds Walnuts Green Tea Black Tea Cherries Papaya Bell peppers (yellow, red and green) Broccoli...

Truth about Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) – from a doctor

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammation of joints. The deformation continues till the inflammation is adequately controlled. Only rarely do rheumatologists come across a case where the RA disappears without any modern treatment. Modern anti-rheumatic medications play a crucial role in controlling the symptoms of this disease and in halting the damage done by...

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Explained Part II

Is RA Genetic? This issue has yet not been resolved. RA is not a genetic disease but you can say that RA patients generally have genes which may facilitate the  production of certain antibodies after exposure to certain triggers (in environment, stress and other unknown triggers). Even if a person has susceptible genes, it is...

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Explained Part I

Rheumatoid arthritis is commonly associated with old age. How common is the condition in the young people? Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic persistent inflammatory polyarthritis mainly involving the small joints of hands and feet, although large joints such as knee and hip joints can also be affected. It usually affects young women of reproductive age,...

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