Dr. (Prof) Col OP Garg, VSM

is a senior Rheumatologist with 30 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...
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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...

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....

About doctors and truth. About patients too.

Victor Rodrigue: “In India I wish the doctors would share more information about the illness and treatment with the patients. Many times ignorance about the illness leads patients to quacks. Especially in case of RA which is incurable in allopathy, many Indians try alternative forms of medicine which only worsens their health. Allopathic doctors tend...
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...

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...

Arthritis Treatments – Know The Truth and Be Informed

Something for you to ponder upon about Arthritis Treatments… Today I was reading an article on awareness about Organ Donation. With this a thought came to mind which I am sharing with you, share with others if you like. People very often, reach out late to a Rheumatologist after they start developing deformities in joints due...

Action points in RA flare

Action points in RA flare

The right treatment, investigations & medicines for Osteoarthritis

INVESTIGATIONS FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS 1. Blood Test: No blood tests are helpful in diagnosing OA. However investigations to rule out other causes of arthritis like gout, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and also joint infection might be carried out. Joint fluid might need be aspirated for joint fluid examination for the same purpose. 2. X-RAY & MRI: An...

Suggested Lifestyle Changes for Osteoarthritis patients

A change in lifestyle has made a significant difference to my patients who suffer from Osteoarthritis or OA. This can help you too. I suggest the following lifestyle routines; Be active, do regular optimal exercises without damaging the joints further. Ask your doctor to prescribe you a tailor made home exercise routine. Water exercises, such...

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.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and how to detect it in the early stages

Rheumatoid Arthritis, often referred to as RA is an inflammatory diseases but not life threatening. However, you can say that it is life reducing, if not controlled at the right time. With modern medicines, inflammation caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) can be effectively controlled by modern medicines. However, it cannot be cured. Causes of Rheumatoid...

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