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.
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...
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...
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...
Latest entries

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,...

Action points in RA flare

Action points in RA flare

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...
Acupuncture and Fibromyalgia

Acupuncture and Fibromyalgia

I get many queries in my practice about acupuncture and it’s benefits. This blog is for the benefit of all who are undergoing acupuncture as an alternative therapy for fibromyalgia. Some research studies have looked at the efficacy of the acupuncture as a treatment for fibromyalgia.  Although a few have shown significant benefit in pain while...

Vitamins, Minerals, and RA: Are You Getting What Your body Needs?

Vitamins, Minerals, and RA: Are You eating what Your body Needs? A diet guide for RA

Lifetime risk of developing Autoimmune Rheumatic diseases determined

Lifetime risk of developing Autoimmune Rheumatic diseases determined

10 Things To Help You Reduce The Chances Of Contracting An Autoimmune Disease

How To Reduce The Chances Of Contracting An Autoimmune Disease like RA, OA, SLE, fibromyalgia.

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...

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....

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....

All you wanted to know about Lupus/SLE (Part I)

Lupus is derived from the Latin word “Wolf” due to the fact that it causes skin lesions or marks over the face and other parts of the body which look like the bite marks of a wolf. SIMPLE FACTS ABOUT LUPUS: Lupus is a disease which affects the immune system. In normal circumstances, the immune...

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