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.
Therapies

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....

Skimmed milk helps in reduction of uric acid. Great for the prevention and treatment of Gout.

Gout is an acutely painful and  disabling form of arthritis  recognized since ancient times. It presents itself as episodes of painful swelling in single joints, most often the big toe. Although, the available treatments can prevent the arthritis associated with gout, managing this disease can be difficult at times. In a study, 16 healthy male...

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...

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA)

What is Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA)? Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, JRA in short, is a form of chronic arthritis in one or more joints persisting for at least 6 weeks and certain other conditions, which can give rise to similar symptoms, are excluded. Disease has many subtypes depending upon the type of onset and defined by clinical...

About Joint Replacements in Osteoarthritis OA

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...

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...

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...

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,...

A future approach to Rheumatoid Arthritis in sight sooner than later

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease of joints, especially involves small joints of hands and joints, if its course is not halted in time, it may damage your joints pretty fast and may cripple you for life. It has been found that the immune cells called macrophages, which in normal circumstances are supposed to die...
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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