Staying fit, key to fight arthritis


“My conditions were diagnosed early and was treated right. Though my movements are restricted, I am thankful I am able to walk around,” she says. Jacqueline, now 60, had to undergo surgery since her’s was rheumatoid arthritis. However the commonest form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, can be cured without a surgery, if diagnosed at an early stage.

Nearly 14 per cent of the population suffers from at least one form of arthritis in India. Although the cases are largely found among the aged, an ample number of young adults are also adding to the percentage of people suffering from joint problems. On the occasion of World Arthritis Day, Deccan Herald checks the status of arthritis problems, cures and myths attached to it.

Rheumatoid arthritis
Consultant Rheumatologist at Wockhardt Dr Ramesh Jois says, one per cent of population develops rheumatoid arthritis (RA). “RA is still in its infancy stage in India however the incidence is increasing. Early diagnosis with good medication can help reduce pain and avoid permanent joint damage,” he says.

Joint replacement surgeries are not the only options available says Wg Cdr Dr V G Vasishta, SBF Healthcare Pvt Ltd. “If a condition of joint stiffness (osteoarthritis) can be diagnosed early, introduction of quantum magnetic resonance (QMR) therapy can improve the condition,” he says. Dr Vasishta, innovator of the QMR therapy, says that the technology can help regenerate cartilage and restore mobility of arthritic knee joints.  Explaining the incidences among youngsters, Dr Vasishta says, a lot of wear and tear in the joints leads to stiffness in the joint which subsequently develops arthritis over a period of time. “Sports injury like meniscus tear or a cartilage tear, can lead to any form of arthritis. However early diagnoses can help to reduce its severity,” he said.

Dr Thomas Chandy of Hosmat Hospital says that the incidence of arthritis is more among women due to the wider pelvic structure which is more likely to develop erosion on the outer portion of the knee. However, medical professionals’ advice is to stay slim, exercise and eat healthy to avoid complications.

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