Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Interferential Therapy—Painless Treatment for Pain

Interferential therapy is a type of electrical modality which sends small electrical impulses through the skin to stimulate underlying nerves and tissue. These impulses don't hurt, but they sometimes tickle and can cause the muscle to twitch. Interferential therapy accomplishes with a very low simulated frequency which is put on the soft tissue. The feeling of this electro therapy is very light and most patients feel very comfortable during the treatment.

Interferential therapy provides a comfortable, soothing stimulation and should never be strong enough to cause any discomfort to the patient.It has been suggested that Interferential therapy (IFT) works in a ‘special way’ because it is ‘interferential’ as opposed to ‘normal’ stimulation. 

Interferential Therapy, the electrical treatment is used for:
--Pain relief
--Muscle stimulation.
--Increased local blood flow.
--Reduce oedema.

The basic principle behind Interferential Therapy (IFT) is to utilise the significant physiological effects of low frequency electrical stimulation of nerves without the associated painful and somewhat unpleasant side effects sometimes associated with low frequency stimulation. Interferential therapy overcomes the problem of skin impedance.

Interferential is electric therapy which uses two alternating medium frequency currents. Interferential stimulates the muscle. Interferential can be used to treat a large range of musculoskeletal injuries including those where swelling and muscle spasm are present. Joint pains can also be treated effectively by interferential stimulation. Specific injuries include back pain; frozen shoulder; patellofemoral knee pain; meniscus injuries; sacroiliac joint pain

Benefits of Interferential electro therapy
  • Reduces painful symptoms
  • Decreases local swelling
  • Promotes muscle tone
  • Restores normal movements
  • Releases the body's natural pain killers
  • Accelerates the healing process
Compared to other foreign countries like USA,Canada etc., the orthopedic treatments are carried out in India at affordable rate. Interferential therapy for chronic pain is best done at Life Med ABC, Chennai, under the guidance of Dr. Santhosh Jacob, the experienced orthopaedic surgeon in India. Dedicated care is given to the patients under the supervision of renowned 
orthopaedic surgeonchennai and his well trained associates.

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Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Knee Replacement Surgeries

      The knee is a hinge joint which provides motion at the point where the thigh meets the lower leg.Some or all of the components of the knee joint replaced with a synthetic implant is called knee replacement surgery. The healthy human's knee joint is lined with articular cartilage. Articular has a layer of tissue that provides low-friction and shock-absorbing properties. This protective layer of this cartilage will damage due to Arthritis and injury, causing extreme pain for a patient performing even simple activities. The following are the various types of knee replacement

Total knee replacement

Unicompartmental knee replacement


Autologous chondrocyte implantation

Total Knee Replacement

                 A total knee replacement surgery replaces all three compartments of the diseased knee joint. During a total knee replacement, the end of the femur bone is removed and replaced with a metal shell.Typical total knee replacement prosthesis consists of three components: a femoral component, a tibial component, and a replacement for the posterior patellar surface.

The femoral component
                   It is  generally made of non-corrosive metal (most frequently a cobalt-chrome alloy), although some are made of ceramic.
 The tibial component 
                  It is a metal tray topped by a spacer of a special plastic known as ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE). UHMWPE exhibits relatively low friction in a metal-plastic joint and resists wear better than many older alternative materials.

 The third component is a replacement for the posterior surface of the patella for articulation with the other components.

Unicompartmental Knee Replacement

                      It involves a procedure similar to that used to implant a total knee replacement. Instead of replacing the entire knee, the uni compartmental prosthesis replaces one condyle, or side, of the knee joint. Because unicompartmental prosthesis replaces one side of the knee, the surgeon does not have to make as large an incision as for a total knee replacement.


                       Viscosupplementation is the injection of a fluid to supplement or replace the natural synovial fluid in the knee joint capsule. In many osteoarthritic knees, the synovial fluid is less viscous and less elastic than that found in healthy knees. The injection affords more lubrication and cushioning for the articular cartilage in arthritic patients. Most viscosupplements contain hyaluronan or hyaluronan derivatives which have viscous and shock-absorbing properties.

Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation

                      Autologous tissue is tissue that has been donated for one's own future procedure. In this case, chondrocyte cells (cells that make cartilage) are harvested from a healthy portion of the knee and are grown in vitro. The cultured cells are then used to repair defects in the articular cartilage of the knee.


           Some of the risk involved with total knee replacement procedure areas follows.

            Knee dislocation
Healing period
            Blood clotting
            Stiffening of the knee after the operation
          Knee replacement surgeries can be best done by Dr Santhosh Jacob in Life Med ABC Chennai for more information please visit  www.isomerclinic.com

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Hip Resurfacing

The hip joint is one of the largest joints in the body.Hip is a ball and socket joint.cartilage stops the bones from rubbing together. If the cartilage is worn away, the underlying bone is exposed and your joint becomes painful and stiff. As a result, walking and moving around becomes painful.Hip resurfacing also called Metal on Metal Hip Resurfacing arthroplasty can help to improve your mobility and reduce pain. In this operation, metal caps like half a tennis ball are fitted onto the damaged surfaces of the ball and socket of your hip joint. A hip resurfacing operation can help to improve your quality of life .Hip resurfacing is a method of crafting the damaged hip ball reshaped and capped with a metal prosthesis. The damaged hip socket also is fitted with a metal prosthesis.An advantage to this approach is that it is less invasive so has a faster recovery time and leaves you with a greater range of movement after surgery. Patient suffering from severe hip arthritis, total hip replacement is a very successful treatment option .

Different Hip Joint Care

1. Cemented Hip Replacements

Why Hip Resurfacing Surgery

1. Osteoarthritis

The Cartilage inside a hip joint becomes worn away leading to the bones rubbing against each other

2. Rheumatoid Arthritis 

Immune system in the body mistakenly attacking the lining of the joint resulting in pain and        stiffness

3. Hip Fracture

Hip joint becomes severely damaged during a fall or Accident

About Operation

1. The operation is usually done under general anaesthesia.Patient have the surgery under spinal or epidural anaesthesia. This completely blocks feeling from below your waist and you stay awake during the operation. 

2. If you are having a general anaesthetic, you will be asked to follow fasting instructions before Surgery.

3. You will be asked to give your consent to have your name on the National Joint Register, which is used to follow up the safety, durability and effectiveness of joint replacements and implants.

4. You may be asked to wear compression stockings to help prevent blood clots forming in the              veins in your legs.

5. Surgery usually takes around 2 hours


System implant is made of two parts working together to restore the original function of the ball-and-socket joint. These two parts consist of a metal mushroom-like cap is inserted over the top of the resurfaced femoral head and a metal cup that is pressed into the socket. The bone then grows into the socket adding increased stability.
The metal on metal hip resurfacing implant offers a significant advantage over traditional total hip replacement implants. 

Candidate for Hip Resurfacing

1. Hip resurfacing is mainly  intended for young

2. Strong adults who are under 60 years of age 

Advantages of Hip Resurfacing

1. Femoral head is preserved

2. Femoral canal is preserved 

3. Risk of microfracture of femur with uncemented stem implantation is eliminated

4. Larger size of implant Ball reduces the risk of dislocation

5. Stressto bones are less

6. Improved stability

Hip Resurfacing Recovery is another Important factor

Hip Resurfacing India, Surgeons with hands on Experience avail on Life Med ABC Chennai. 

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