Transverse Myelitis treatment in Kerala, India

Transverse myelitis (TM), is an inflammatory condition along one or more levels of the spinal cord,without any evidence of compression. This inflammation can cause damage to the myelin sheath resulting in neurological issues. It is a rare acquired neuro-immune spinal cord disorder that presents as a sudden onset of weakness, alterations in sensory functions, and bowel or bladder dysfunction.

At Maurya, we provide Rehabilitation for patients with Transverse Myelitis to support functional restoration along with compensation of residual impairment.

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Our rehabilitation teams

Our doctors work with healthcare professionals to evaluate the impact of injury on your function and develop a recovery plan that is personalised for you. Our rehabilitation teams include physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech/language therapists, Acupuncturist, Ayurveda & Naturopathy doctors . We offer care for as long as you need it and advise you of techniques to recover faster.

Our hospital brings together specially trained medical staff, advanced monitoring techniques, and specialized Physiotherapy and Ayurvedic treatments focused on improving the outcomes of patients with Transverse Myelitis.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Transverse Myelitis

Transverse myelitis may be understood as a case of Urusthambha, with severe motor neuron deformity. So therapies to relieve spasticity along with rehabilitation are adopted. Rookshana therapy in the form of rooksha pinda sweda, valuka sweda etc is administered, which is used to pacify kapha and remove amatva(inflammation causing spasticity and occlusion). Following this lepana (application of warm poultices) and swedana (sudation) are advised all the while giving importance to rehabilitative physiotherapy. All these will ensure there is symptomatic relief from the condition and an improvement in quality of life of the patient.

As per the ayurvedic perspectives this condition is discussed under Avarana. The epidemiology is explained as function of the Vata gets obstructed by the obstructing dosha, which is in an aggravating state, due to its own contributory etiology. The initial stage may be associated with aama, which has to be strictly managed without fail. So even though it is vatika origin, the vata hara treatments are not done at first, the amatwa is managed and in nirama stage only vata hara treatment protocol is applied

  • Internal medications
  • Snehapana 
  • Virechana
  • Sarvanga seka
  • Swedana
  • Nirooha followed by appropriate rasayana

This treatment protocol for transverse myelitis has been found effective.Vatha is the main dosha involved in the pathology of transverse myelitis.

In most cases, the pathophysiology is either Pitta or Kapha is found to be causing srodhoroda and thereby causing obstruction to function of vata due to the avarana. So, to relieve the obstruction and hence normalize Vatha, the initial management must be for Pitta or Kapha.

Snehana karma, swedana karma, sodhana karma (vamana and virechana) , vasthi followed by appropriate administration of selected rasayana is the line of treatment to be adopted for transverse myelitis.

Ayurveda Medicine for Transverse Myelitis

Along with the panchakarma, oral medications are also given to pacify vitiated doshas. Main drugs used includes

  • Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
  • Dashamoola
  • Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa)
  • Danti (Baliospermum montanum)
  • Vidanga (Embelia ribes)
  • Triphala
  • Guggulu preparations

The drugs used in the treatment of transverse myelitis have the capabilities to address spinal cord injuries. Ashwagandha and guduchi have rasayana and balya properties while guggulu preparations help in maintaining tendon and ligament, bone and bone marrow, neurological and rheumatological disorders.
Our main aim is to help the patient to lead a normal and quality life without being a burden to the society. Knowing all the limitations we help in restoring the functions of the body with all our facilities.

Physiotherapy for Transverse Myelitis

Physiotherapy is strongly advised for those who have transverse myelitis because it will enhance functioning and improve quality of life. The most crucial component of both short- and long-term management of this condition is physical therapy. Our physiotherapists can provide you with advice on mechanical assistance, which include wheelchairs, walking aids, and orthotic devices, to enhance functional ability.Physiotherapy treatment will help to achieve everyday tasks by improving fitness, energy levels and stamina.Through the creation of a progressive programme that is modified to your symptoms, physical therapy will help you reach your full potential.Physiotherapy treatment will depend on your condition and the length of treatment will depend on your progress. Physiotherapy will promote your quality of life by increasing your independence and sense of well-being.

Frequently Asked Questions !

In advanced cases there is no cure for Cerebral atrophy, but the associated disabilities can be managed by Ayurveda treatments, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Our ultimate goal in such cases will be to prevent progress of the condition.

CT and MRI are done mainly to diagnose the condition, but MRI is more precise and sensitive in detecting even the mild focal lesions and the atrophic changes in the nuclei.

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