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

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 II

Is RA Genetic? This issue has yet not been resolved. RA is not a genetic disease but you can say that RA patients generally have genes which may facilitate the  production of certain antibodies after exposure to certain triggers (in environment, stress and other unknown triggers). Even if a person has susceptible genes, it is...

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,...
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....
All your Arthritis questions, answered.

All your Arthritis questions, answered.

1.  What is ARTHRITIS? Arthritis simply means joint pain, stiffness or swelling due to inflammation. Like fever is a symptom of hundreds of other diseases, arthritis is a symptom caused by more than 100 diseases. Only further clinical details will reveal the actual disease. 2.  Which Doctor & specialty deals with Arthritis and Rheumatism? The...
A new breed of doctors are here - The Rheumatologists

A new breed of doctors are here – The Rheumatologists

  A sure way to destroy the joints is to follow the advice of someone who says “So, your son has joint pains, try this and do that, but never take modern  medicine, it’s got so many side effects (in effect, you will let arthritis destroy your joints before you even consult a modern specialty Doctor...

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...

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