Indian patient often finds himself at the cross-road
of so many systems of medicine available. In search
of short term immediate gains, he tries each system.
doctors themselves do not pay attention to the
patients problems. Tall claims are made by each
doctor and various ‘pathies’. Each
system whether it be allopathy, homeopathy or
any other pathy, has significant limitations.
Success depends upon the doctors EXPERTISE and
DILIGENT long term management program.
a general practice level, often numerous drugs
with differing potency are tried in a shotgun
or ‘blunderbuss gun’ manner to provided
quick relief. Often the patients suffer from side-effects
of such medications. By the time a specialist
is consulted, the patient is frustrated and has
lost faith in medication.
supervised exercised/physiotherapy program are
missing in most of the management plans. Concurrent
medical illnesses are often overlooked.
patient moves from ‘pillar’ to ‘post’
and soon finds himself crippled by physical deformities
and psychogenic stress.
Community misconceptions and superstitions about
arthritis are widely prevalent and practiced in
the Indian community and this further compounds
the patient is constantly bombarded by half baked
advice from close relations, friends, acquaintances
and even strangers who happen to meet him. Unlike
in case of heart and other major diseases, the
patient of arthritis is unable to hide his painful
and deformed joint. The expense of treatment is
a major factor governing the patient’s ability
to seek relief.