Orthopaedics Q&A: Treating periarthritis

Orthopaedics expert, Dr VV Prasad answers readers’ questions on bone health. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Monday.
This week’s answers:

1. Dear Doctor, since last three months I am having pain in right lower hand .The pain is not so severe, but when we try to lift something or stretch the hand ,it is paining.
I am 40 years and pure vegetarian .I do not have any other health problems.I do morning walk regularly for 30 minutes
I consulted a doctor and he adviced not to use pillow and given a tablet for one month
He also adviced not to do neck exercise

Please advice me if any thing to do more
With Regards
Santosh
Your complaints look like you are having a nerve pull or what we call Brachialgia in your Rt upper limb. Please take the prescribed medicines and even then if your pain persists better to have a MRI of your cervical spine done and to go for physiotherapy.

2. i m a diabetic. i am having shoulder pain. i am vegetarian. pl advice.
Anil
Diabetic patients are known to have shoulder pain because of muscle stiffness. We call it as Periarthritis of that shoulder. You need anti-inflammatory drugs with some hot water fomentation and gentle exercises.

3. Dear Dr., I am taking Lavanga pattai power in hot water twice a day. also taking a mixed powder of Vendhiyam / Ginger/Nellikkai early in the morning.
I find that the pain has considerably reduced.
Can I have your views?
Thanks & Regards

P.V.Natarajan
For what pain you are taking these things? Anyway they are not harmful; if you are relieved of your pain you can stop those medicines.
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