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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NEWS – Darvon/Darvocet has been pulled off the market by FDA

The maker of Darvon and Darvocet have announced on Friday that it will stop marketing the painkillers in the U.S. because of a new study that links the active ingredient in the drugs to serious and sometimes fatal heart rhythm abnormalities. Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc. have agreed to the ban at the request of the Food and Drug Administration...

NEWS – New Oral Pill “Tasocitinib” in sight: May Offer Alternative to Injectibles biologics in Rheumatoid Arthritis

In resistant cases of RA,  injectable biologics which include Enbrel, Humira, and Remicade can cost as much as $1,500 a month and carry a risk of infection. The new pill of  Tasocitinib is given orally, and if approved, it will become the first new oral drug for rheumatoid arthritis since Arava was okayed in the...

AP Therapy, a Myth or Reality?

One of the queries on my facebook page asked me for my opinion about AP therapy by Dr. McPherson Brown. Explaining everything in detail is quite a task on the post so I thought, I’d include this in my blog for the benefit of other patients. First, let me give you a background of AP therapy....

A perplexing case of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA)

This post has been inspired by people who suffer from a condition, not commonly found or have a common condition but to not respond to medicines. Common diseases are easy to treat as you know giving a particular medicine or treatment will help. But when the individual does not respond to tried and tested medicines,...
Who is the doctor for arthritis? A million dollar question !

Who is the doctor for arthritis? A million dollar question !

What is the cost of your joints? I think they are priceless as you won’t want to lose your joints or get crippled even if someone offers you a million dollars. But in real world, if unfortunately Arthritis attacks your joints, out of ignorance you tend to depend upon the advice given by everyone around...

Most commonly misunderstood terms in Rheumatology

Here is a post to clarify the meaning of various terms used in Rheumatology. I keep getting asked, these question in my daily practice so here it is once again. What is Arthritis? When there is an inflammation of inner structures of joints especially of the synovial membrane which lines the joint cavity, it is...

What is Rheumatic fever and how it is related to Rhuematoid Arthritis (RA)?

Rheumatic fever  is an inflammatory disease that occurs following a kind  bacterial infection (GroupA), such as sore throat or scarlet fever. It is believed to be caused by antibody cross-reactivity to heart, joints, skin and brain. The illness typically develops 2-3 weeks after the bacterial infection. Acute rheumatic fever commonly affects children between 5 to...

Questions you should be asking your Rheumatologist

Questions to ask your rheumatologist.

Appealing to the Young Medical Practitioners

Being a Rheumatologist, I try and make all the efforts to make the consulting experience as pleasant as possible for my patients because the truth of the matter is that no one ever looks forward to an appointment with the doctor J I make sure that my patients leave in a better frame of mind...

Local placement of Estrogen & Androgen may prove beneficial in Advanced Osteoarthritis

The April issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism brings with it good news, which I would like to share with all the readers. I’m excited to know that even in the case of a degenerative arthritis called Osteoarthritis, lot of new researches are happening and the latest evidence has shown the presence of CPC ie, chondrogenic...

Who is a Rheumatologist?

There seems to be a lot of confusion amongst patients who are suffering with joint and muscle pains about whom to consult in such a situation. I thought, I will give you a clear perspective about rheumatology and a rheumatologist so that you will be able to decide for yourself at an early stage to...

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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