Can you avoid surgery if you suffer from Osteoarthritis? Well, it is possible as you I share this success case with you. A 73 year-old woman presented with both severe knee pain with Osteoarthritis. She had been experiencing pain for the last 3 years that was unresponsive to maximal conservative treatment. She had reached out to quite a few doctors and was advised surgery for both of her knees. She decided to try Ayurveda instead of going for knee surgery to replace her knees. Knee pain can be very painful for anyone as it can prevent normal functions and day to day activities. According to Ayurveda, Knee Pain is described as Janu Sandhigata Vata. It is generally affected in the knee joint because knee joints are frequently involved in daily routine work and it is the weight bearing joint of the body as well. This problem is more prevalent in overweight clients.In recent times because of side effects of modern pain killer medicines, many non pharmacological approaches have been appreciated like physiotherapy, dry needling, acupuncture etc. Osteoarthritis is a leading cause of disability in middle-aged and older adults, and the prevalence is expected to increase by 40% by 2025. Ayurveda has a great scope in such orthopedic issues.
Ayurveda too has described one such non pharmacological heat therapy for joint pains that is Agnikarma, which has a definite role in Sandhigata Vata shoola. Heat leads to vasodilation, exudation of fluid, increase in white blood cells and antibodies. This response obtained on heating the tissues is augmentation of these changes for certain periods that help reduce the chronic inflammation on the knees.
Due to a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet, Osteoarthritis has become very common. With the help of Ayurveda and Panchakarma, the knees can be recovered back to normal state without knee replacement.
After 20 days of Panchakarma and oral medication along with diet modification, lifestyle changes, there was significant improvement in the outcome. WOMAC pain score improved by 90% with WOMAC Function score improvement by 65% and WOMAC stiffness score improvement by 100%.
X-ray findings: Please see the before and after X-rays taken and you can see improvement in spacing as well as no osteophytes noted in after the treatment X-ray.Please see before and after images along with video of the patient to gauge success of this case.