According to Ayurveda all diseases of joints come under Vata Vyadhi
Joint disorders are the most commonly observed complaints in today’s society. Changing life styles, malnourishment due to various causes, lack of physical activity are some prime predisposing factors. Ayurveda explains joint disorders with a deeper understanding. Amavata is a condition linked not only to joint disorder but to weakness of digestive fire and formation of poisonous and harmful content called as Ama. Morbid association of Ama with aggravated vata dosha gives rise to a very critical and chronic disease named as Amavata. Hereditary trait is also prevalent factor for onset of this disease.
Clinical features: Roopa
- Pain all over the body.
- Insipid mouth.
- Loss of enthusiasm.
- Heaviness of body.
- Numbness at affected joint.
- Condition becomes serious when aggravates and affects all the joints of hands, feet, head, ankle, sacrum, knee and thighs.
- Severe inflammation with pain is produced wherever the morbid substance- Ama is located. Symptoms shift from site to site (joint to joint) as per shifting of Ama from one joint to another. This is caused due to nature of the disease.(vyadhi swabhava).
- Affected sites- joints become extremely painful as if stung by a scorpion.
- Diminution in power Of digestive fire.
- Hyper salivation.
- Heaviness in the body.
- Loss of enthusiasm.
- Loss of taste.
- Sensation of burning.
- Excessive urination.
- Hardness at loin.
- Pain in abdomen.
- Insomnia/ disturbed sleep.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long lasting autoimmune disorder that primarily
affects joints. It typically results in warm,
swollen, and painful joints. Pain and stiffness
often worsen following rest. Most commonly,
the wrist and hands are involved, with the
same joints typically involved on both sides
of the body. The disease may also affect other
parts of the body. This may result in a low red
blood cell count, inflammation around the
lungs, and inflammation around the heart.
Fever and low energy may also be present.
Often, symptoms come on gradually over
weeks to months.
While the cause of rheumatoid arthritis
is not clear, it is believed to involve a
combination of genetic and environmental
factors. Vitamin D deficiency also may be
taken as a cause for development of RA.
The underlying mechanism involves the
body’s immune system attacking the joints.
This results in inflammation and thickening
of the joint capsule. It also affects the
underlying bone and cartilage. The diagnosis
is made mostly on the basis of a person's signs
and symptoms. X-rays and laboratory testing
may support a diagnosis or exclude other
diseases with similar symptoms. Other diseases
that may present similarly include systemic
lupus erythematosus, psoriatic arthritis,
and fibromyalgia among others.
he term Spondylosis is derived from greek word meaning “a vertebra”, in plural “vertebrae
or the backbone”. Spondylosis is degenerative type
of osteoarthritis of the joints between the
center of the vertebrae or neural foramina. If
this condition occurs in the facet joints, it
can be considered facet syndrome. If severe,
it may cause pressure on nerve roots with
subsequent sensory or motor disturbances,
such as pain, paresthesia, and muscle
weakness in the limbs.
When the space between two adjacent
vertebrae narrows, compression of a nerve
root emerging from the spinal cord may
result in radiculopathy - sensory and motor
disturbances, such as severe pain in the neck,
shoulder, arm, back, or leg, accompanied
by muscle weakness. Less commonly, direct
pressure on the spinal cord (typically in the
cervical spine) may result in myelopathy,
characterized by global weakness, gait
dysfunction, loss of balance, and loss of
bowel or bladder control. The patient may
experience shocks (paresthesia) in hands and
legs because of nerve compression and lack of
blood flow. If vertebrae of the neck are involved
it is labelled cervical spondylosis. Lower back
spondylosis is labeled lumbar spondylosis.
- Pressure: years of constant abnormal
pressure, from joint subluxation or poor
posture, being placed on the vertebrae,
and the discs between them. Poor postures
and loss of the normal spinal curves can
lead to spondylosis as well. Spondylosis
can affect a person at any age; however,
older people are more susceptible.
- Spondylosis is caused from the abnormal stress causes the body to form new
bone in order to compensate for the
new weight distribution. This abnormal
weight bearing from bone displacement
will cause spondylosis to occur
Sciatica - sciatic neuritis-sciatic neuralgia or lumbar radiculopathy is a set of symptoms
including pain caused by general compression
or irritation of one of five spinal nerve roots
of each sciatic nerve or by compression or
irritation of the left or right or both sciatic
nerves. Sciatica is a relatively common form
of lower back and leg pain, but the true
meaning of the term is often misunderstood.
Sciatica is a set of symptoms rather than a
diagnosis for what is irritating the root of the
nerve to cause the pain. The first known use
of the word sciatica dates from 1451.
The term sciatica describes a symptom rather
than a specific disease. Some use it to mean
any pain starting in the lower back and going
down the leg. Others use the term more
specifically to mean a nerve dysfunction
caused by compression of one or more
lumbar or sacral nerve roots from a spinal
disc herniation. Pain typically occurs in the
distribution of a dermatome and goes below
the knee to the foot. It may be Associated with
neurological dysfunction, such As weakness.
The pain is characteristically of shooting
type, quickly traveling along the course of the
Spinal disc herniation : Spinal disc
herniation pressing on one of the lumbar
or sacral nerve roots is the primary cause
of sciatica, being present in about 90% of
cases. Sciatica caused by pressure from a disc
herniation and swelling of surrounding tissue
can spontaneously subside if the tear in the disc heals and the pulposus extrusion and
- Spinal stenosis : A condition in which
the spinal canal narrows and compresses
the spinal cord, cauda equina, or sciatic
nerve roots. This narrowing can be
caused by bone spurs, spondylolisthesis,
inflammation, or herniated disc, which
decreases available space for the spinal
cord, thus pinching and irritating nerves
from the spinal cord that travel to the
- Piriformis syndrome : Piriformis syndrome is a controversial condition that,
depending on the analysis, varies from a
“very rare” cause to contributing to up to
8% of low back or buttock pain. It has
colloquially been referred to as “wallet
sciatica” since a wallet carried in a rear hip
pocket compresses the buttock muscles
and sciatic nerve when the bearer sits
down. Piriformis syndrome cause sciatica
when the nerve root is normal.
- Pregnancy: Sciatica may also occur
during pregnancy as a result of the
weight of the fetus pressing on the sciatic
nerve during sitting or during leg spasms.
While most cases do not directly harm the
fetus or the mother, indirect harm may
come from the numbing effect on the
legs, which can cause loss of balance and
falling. There is no standard treatment
for pregnancy induced sciatica.
- Other causes: Tumours on the spinal
chord, trauma to the spine, such as from
a car accident, cauda equina syndrome.
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