Author(s): Prasad Mamidi *, Kshama Gupta
Joint injuries are becoming increasingly common in younger adults. The cascades of events that follow these joint injuries have been shown to increase the risk of post – traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA) by 20-50%. Unfortunately, current treatments for joint injuries all too often fail to prevent the development of PTOA. Works on Ayurvedic management of acute knee injury with meniscus tears or anterior cruciate ligament tears are negligible. The present report deals with a case of acute knee injury with grade III meniscus tear managed by Ayurveda. Ayurvedic diagnosis of ‘Agantuja sandhi vata’ is made and to assess the efficacy of treatment ‘Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS)’ was used. Total two assessments were carried out, before treatment and after 3 weeks of treatment. Panchakarma procedures like Upanaha sweda (poultice sudation) and vasti (enema) were implemented. Upanaha sweda and vasti were found beneficial in reducing the swelling, pain, restriction of movements and for improving the quality of life in acute knee injury with meniscus tear.