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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 173-175

Role of Ayurveda in the conservative management of avascular necrosis of the femoral head: A case study

1 Department of Panchakarma, Patanjali Bhartiya Ayurvigyan Avum Anusandhan Sansthan, Patanjali Yog Peeth, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India
2 Department of Panchakarma, SDM College of Ayurveda and Hospital, Hassan, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Panchakarma, Alva's Ayurveda Medical College, Moodabidri, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Prasuti Tantra and Streeroga, SDM College of Ayurveda and Hospital, Udupi, Karnataka, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0257-7941.179865

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Avascular necrosis (AVN) of the femoral head is the most common type of necrosis affecting the bones. Management of AVN aims at the preservation of structure, function and relief of from pain. Many surgical procedures such as drilling and insertion of bone grafts, modified Whitman or Colonna reconstruction and insertion of prosthesis are carried out to remedy the condition but all these procedures are costly with the prognosis being poor. Signs and symptoms of Avascular necrosis are nearer to asthivāha srotoduşṃi vikāra (disorders of musculoskeletal origin) and can be considered with gambhīra avasthā (chronic stage). An effort has been made in the present study to evaluate the efficiency of Ayurvedic formulations in the conservative management of AVN of the femoral head. A case of AVN with bilateral femoral head was treated with rūkşaṃa (Drying therapy) followed by śodhana (bio purification) and bṃhmaṃa (rejuvenation). Patient was observed for complications during whole course of treatment, untoward complications were not seen. Patient was observed for symptomatic improvements based on assessment done by the questionnaire over graded signs and symptoms before and after treatment. The results were encouraging. The therapy provided marked relief from pain, tenderness, stiffness and improvement in the gait. Conservative management of AVN through Ayurvedic principles provides significant relief and improves quality of life.

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