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Where There Is Pain, There Is Dr Harita Desai

Where There Is Pain, There Is Dr Harita Desai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BY JAVED KANA

Briefly introduce yourself to The Asian Weekly readers.

I am Dr Harita Desai, BSc in physiotherapy, Senior Pain Management Consultant at Aalayam Rehab Care Kenya and certified therapist specialising in e-laser calmative cold laser and nano current technology, kinesiology, myokinetics, conservative musculoskeletal pain management techniques, advance 4D medical diagnosis, myofascial techniques, joint mobilisation and manipulation, posture assessment and correction.

Chronic pain is among the most common reasons for physician consultation. What are the common kinds of pains that you get to hear from patients on a day-to-day basis?

Most common kinds of pains are knee and joint, migraine, sports or gym injuries, age related pains, occupational related pain and pains due to incorrect posture.

At what stage does ‘pain’ require a physician consultation?

As soon as the pain causes discomfort or inflammation and it is consistent for more than two days, one should see a pain management consultant.

One of the common ways by which people manage pain is by taking over-the-counter pain relief medicines. Do you recommend this?

No, not at all. Every pain has its unique features and occurs because of certain activity gone wrong. It is not advisable to take over the counter medicine because all medicines have side effects. They should only be taken in emergencies after consulting your doctor.

Some say that pain could also just be psychological (‘it’s just on your mind’ thing) or that it’s due to stress and other factors. Is that a misconception?

Pain isn’t ‘in somebody’s head.’ There are physical reasons for pain. However, pain can cause negative emotions that can worsen a person’s perception of it. Therefore, be sure to identify and address psychological issues that affect an older adult’s pain experience. Where there is pain, there will be a discomfort in daily activities or inflammation between muscles. Psychological pain can be ruled out by taking necessary consolations rather taking pain killers.

Would you elaborate on the common misconceptions of pain?

There are several misconceptions of pain such as pain is an unavoidable part of growing old or any painful condition causes the same amount and type of pain in all people. The reality is age-related pain occurs most after the age of 65, however it can still be reduced 50 – 70 %. Pain perception is affected by many factors, such as previous injury, stress, emotions and fatigue. So, depending on the person and the situation, two people can respond very differently to the same painful stimulus.

What are some of the effective treatments for pain that you recommend?

As per WHO standards pain and swelling can be avoided by using recommend RICE approach, which means: Rest, Icepack, Compression(bandage) Elevation of area with pain.

Please elaborate on the new technology – cold laser and nano current technology that you use as an alternative therapy.

During this procedure, different wavelengths and outputs of low-level light are applied directly to a targeted area. The body tissue then absorbs the light. The red and near-infrared light cause a reaction, and the damaged cells respond with a physiological reaction that promotes regeneration. This technology has proven to heal pain in patients suffering from, back, knee, sinus, migraine, sciatica, neck, shoulder, wrist and heel pain amongst others.

Low Level Laser Therapy and Nano Current are proven to be more effective in stimulating ATP Production. It treats the source of the pain not the symptoms by facilitating the natural repair and healing of the body at cellular level.

What are the benefits of this therapy?

There are plenty, however to enumerate some:

• It is non-intrusive, no medication required, no side effects and no surgery required.

• Proven 93.7 % in reduction of various types of pain

• Cost-effective therapy for pain that could elevate quality of life

• Safe and alternative method to surgery and pain medication.

What role does a healthy lifestyle including nutrition, play in pain management?

Healthy lifestyle and nutrition are important in pain management however posture correction in daily activities like walking, sleeping, sitting and standing is crucially important to avoid most types of pain.

How has the study of pain management evolved over the years?

Previous pain management therapies focused mostly on heat packs, heated water bags and heat related therapy. Detailed studies on factors causing pain and advancement in technology has proven that cold packs and cold therapy are much more effective and faster relief of pain.

What are some of the challenges in the pain management field that you deal with?

Challenges include patients not following daily ergonomic advices to help them correct posture while carrying out activities such as sitting or sleeping correctly, as much as we can reduce their pain.

Any message for our readers?

“Success as a therapist is not found in doing something for the patient, but rather in being someone for the patient.” An Advice from a physiotherapist in the nick of time can save your time and dime. Always go for regular and timely check-ups for body pain.

 

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