Dr. (Prof) Col OP Garg, VSM

is a senior Rheumatologist with 19 years of robust experience in treating 100 types of arthritis and other joint pain diseases. He is presently the Director of 'Rheumed Clinic - The Centre for Arthritis Control' in Dwarka, Delhi & senior consultant Rheumatologist, Artemis Hospital, Dwarka. Formerly, he has been Senior Rheumatologist at Army Hospital R&R, Delhi & HoD, Rheumatology at BL Kapur Hospital, Delhi. He has also been awarded for his excellent service 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.
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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 osteoarthritis, most importantly overweight. What...

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.

Truth about Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) – from a Rheumatologist

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...

Frozen Shoulder, how and why it is developed and how do you treat it

What is frozen shoulder? Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis is a medical condition in which the movement of the shoulder is severely restricted and is painful. The shoulder is so stiff that even the minor movements becomes difficult like lifting arm above shoulders or touching face during routine activities. Why you develop a frozen...

Depression causes heart disease in SLE patients: Treat early

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus SLE also called Lupus, is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, nervous system, and/or other organs of the body, either simultaneously or at different times.  Most commonly found symptoms are skin rashes and arthritis.   It mostly affects women, in their prime child-bearing age. Depression is often associated with...
Gene switches turn obesity on

Gene switches turn obesity on

A genetic study reveals that chemical changes to our DNA may make us obese. It is known that sometime in life, methyl chemical groups attach to some of a person’s DNA and can act as dimmer switches. Some of these genetic changes are genetically determined. Others appear to happen very early in life and are...

Writer’s Cramp, its symptoms and treatments

Writer’s cramp is a cramp or spasm affecting muscles of the hand or fingers. The affected muscles will depend on the task (writing) and the posture of an individual during this repeated task. The symptoms will appear only during this particular movement like writing or playing the piano. Sadly, it is also known to spread...

Rheumatoid Arthritis and how to detect it in the early stages

Rheumatoid Arthritis, often referred to as RA is an inflammatory diseases but not life threatening. However, you can say that it is life reducing, if not controlled at the right time. With modern medicines, inflammation caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) can be effectively controlled by modern medicines. However, it cannot be cured. Causes of Rheumatoid...

Prevalence of Fibromyalgia in Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity

For years now, in my medical practice, I’ve believed that Fibromyalgia results from recurrent micro-sprains and strains of myofacial junctions in patients with weak biomechanics and hyper mobility associated with obesity or being overweight. And whoever put into practice, my advice to reduce their weight, their symptoms of fibromyalgia significantly resolved. Please read on the...
Obesity and the obese

Obesity and the obese

More often than not, people who suffer from obesity are heard complaining about joint pains much earlier in life as compared to people who maintain their optimum weight. As a doctor, it is easy to ask my patients to reduce their weight, however that is easier said than done. The larger problem at hand is...

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