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.
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...
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...
Alternative therapies to aid Osteoarthritis Treatment and Prevent OA

Alternative therapies to aid Osteoarthritis Treatment and Prevent 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...
Latest entries

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...

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,...

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...

Diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis: “What to eat and what to avoid”

Best and Worst Foods for Arthritis “How Do Foods Spark Inflammation? To find the answer, Philip P. Cavicchia, MSPH, a PhD student in the department of epidemiology at the Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, helped design this new inflammatory index. He and his colleagues scored 41 foods...

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...

Caution – those who are taking injectible methotrexate

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Drug Methotrexate has been recalled from market as some lots were found to be faulty. Glass Flakes were found in Injectable Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug which spurred the recall. Following are FDA statements and the lot numbers which have been recalled. I would like to thank Cynthia White on precautioning people early on my facebook page....

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...
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...

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...

Research proves relationship between rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Cardiovascular diseases and Smoking

Based on latest scientific evidence found in a study focused on 1,022 patients, I want to warn the people who are suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that they are vulnerable to early death due to cardiovascular diseases. RA is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease. It is being increasingly recognized that inflammation promotes atherosclerosis. A marker...

NEW RESEARCH – Quit smoking to prevent as well as to control rheumatic diseases; especially LUPUS and RA

Cigarette smoking is a risk factor for so many serious illnesses like lung cancer and heart diseases. These are well known to the general public. According to research presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa; cigarette smoking also leads to rheumatic diseases and renders treatment less effective....

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