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.
Symptoms
What are the symptoms of Osteoarthritis?

What are the symptoms of Osteoarthritis?

What are the symptoms of Osteoarthritis?   Symptoms of Osteoarthritis can be seen in two ways. One – the symptoms that a patient experiences, after which he sees a doctor. Two – Symptoms that a Medical Specialist /Rheumatologist finds after examination and investigation. Both are listed below. What do the patients of Osteoarthritis experience? 1....
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 numbness of the thumb, index,...

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...

Symptoms – All you wanted to know about Lupus/SLE (Part II)

SLE is one of several diseases known as “the great imitators” because it often mimics or is mistaken for other illnesses. SLE is a classical item in differential diagnosis, because SLE symptoms vary widely and come and go unpredictably. Diagnosis can thus be elusive, with some people suffering unexplained symptoms of untreated SLE for years....

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...

All you wanted to know about Gout

General facts about Gout Gout has been known to people since the days of Hippocrates and was historically known as “the disease of kings” as it’s prevalent among well-fed people. It is also known as the “King of all diseases” as it cause intolerable pain and suffering. This disease is caused by the body’s reaction...

Having been struck by a mystery illness, she could never imagine walking again

Never did the 30 yr old Mrs Geeta Menghani, a housewife who belonged from a successful business household from Ahmedabad, Gujrat imagine that her happy existence would come crashing down the day she contracted a mysterious illness that struck her like a bolt out of the blue. Her symptoms started to show in the form...

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...

Similarities and Differences between Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

SIMILARITIES 1. Both RA and SLE are caused by dysregulation of the body’s immune system known as autoimmunity. 2. Both can be managed effectively if recognised early and professional care is obtained by a Rheumatologist. 3. More women than men suffer with SLE and RA. DIFFERENCES RA and SLE are very different from each other. Let’s...

When should you see a Rheumatologist?

By now I’m sure you know that you need to see a Rheumatologist for keeping your joints healthy and free them from pain. But there are many other symptoms seem in rheumatic conditions that might seem irrelevant but play a very important role in telling you that you must head to a Rheumtologist and fast....
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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