OSTEOARTHRITIS – INTRODUCTION
Aggravated Vata residing in joints damages them leading to pain and swelling. This disorder is called Osteoarthritis (Sandhi Vata).
Sandhi Vata may present with the following symptoms:
- Pain and stiffness in the affected joint.
- Limitation of movement.
- Deformity of the affected joint.
CORRELATION WITH MODERN MEDICINE
Sandhi Vata can be correlated with Osteoarthritis.
Sandhi means joint. Sandhi Vata is a joint disorder caused due to aggravated Vata in the joints.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of joints characterized by pain that is relieved by rest, morning stiffness that last for a very short time and joint inflammation (Swelling) is minimal.
Involvement of Vata indicates degenerative process in Sandhi Vata. Pain that is relieved by rest and worsens with activity points towards involvement of aggraVataed Vata. Moreover in Sandhi Vata there is neither inflammation nor systemic complaints which are in line with the characteristics of Osteoarthritis.