Bengaluru: The Government-run Bowring hospital has long queues of geriatric patients seeking help for joint pains and bone-related issues. “We are seeing huge numbers of patients daily in the OPD from the elderly age group who come complaining of joint pains and swelling in their joints,” says Dr Prasanna Kumar RMO (Resident Medical Officer), Bowring hospitals, who says that the hospital witnesses more than twenty such cases every day.
Dr Savio Pereira, Associate Medical Superintendent at St John's Medical College Hospital says, “At our geriatric clinic we see patients above 65 years of age, who have multiple problems like hypertension, diabetes, joint pain. Many cases of degeneration of the joints are cropping up, with osteoarthritis also increasing.”
“This year post-viral arthritis or arthralgia is very common in the city. After the fever subsides they often get severe joint pains and they cannot even walk. Such cases have increased this year,” says Dr Ajith Benedict Royan, medical director of Hosmat Hospital, who says, “A low dose of steroids and anti-inflammatory analgesics are given to these patients and only then they recover.”
Hosmat Hospital treats 25 such cases every day. “The virus is changing or mutating. Because of this change they are having this mysterious joint pain. Also, the geriatric age group has very weak muscles and their physical activity is less, muscle strength is low, knee pain is increasing, especially in females in the senior age group,” sums up Dr Ajith.
The experts advise physical activity along with proper diet and other nutrients. “At an advanced stage they need to have a proper diet, including proteins and vitamins and also calcium.” A sedentary lifestyle could make things worse. “Spending the whole day in bed is not advisable,” s
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ays Dr Prasanna.