Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. It is a disorder of cartilage and surrounding tissues where cartilages (cushions between the joints) breaks down causing a bone to rub against each other characterized by pain, stiffness and loss of function, gradually causing degeneration.
The risk increases with age and women are more likely to develop the condition. Patient even goes to depression due to severe pain. Most commonly affected joints are knee joint which makes it difficult for one to walk and do the daily chores.
Factors that can increase your risk of osteoarthritis include:
- Older age.
- Joint Injuries .
- Over Use of Joint.
- Certain Metabolic Diseases.
The most common symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain, tenderness, stiffness and inflammation which could vary in severity from person to person.
Ayurveda considers osteoarthritis as sandhigata vata which means ivasion and localisation of morbid vata (basic body element) in the joints of the body thereby producing pain, swelling and disturbed movements. It occurs due to factors which vitiates vata such as aging, injury, foods and overuse of the joints.
As age advances vata dosha increases in an individual. This increasing vata triggers and accelerates dhatu kshaya (depletion of tissues) and bala kshaya (reduction of strength).
In thecase of sandhigata vata, vata gets vitiated and localises in the tendons, ligaments and bones of the joint causing destruction of sleshaka kapha in the joints and asthi dhatu (bone and bone tissues) which eventually leads to sandhigata vata.
Given the only moderate effectiveness and potential side effects of conventional treatment, people are seeking out alternative therapies, including those offered by the ancient healing system known as Ayurveda. The goal of osteoarthritis treatment is not only to control symptoms but also to prevent disease progression, minimize disability, improve strength of joints and the quality of life and along with managing the causative factors which lead to formation of OA.
Kooplicat Ayurveda Hospital provides a broad spectrum treatment which mainly considers the constitution of each individual along with the causative factors. After careful analysing, treatments are customised along with a complete Ayurveda diet for fast cure and better health. We also provides guidelines for dietary and habit changes which you could follow in your life which helps to prevent recurrence and improve quality of life.