Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Deal with disc disease

Disc disease refers to the pain in the lower back and neck. The wear and tear on the disc of the spine lead to problems in the back or neck. Disc disease can lead to numbness, throbbing pain, and weakness in the arms or legs. Disc disease is a degenerative disorder and gets worse over time and age. 
 Disc Disease

Know how to manage disc disease 

Depending on the pain associated with disc disease, the doctor would either suggest non-surgical or surgical methods to treat the problem. 

Non-surgical techniques

Pain medications - The doctor would recommend painkillers or pain relievers that could give some relief for disc disease. This is the first and foremost step before any significant treatments. Medicines such as aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen, and other related medication would be administered in connection with their usage to relieve pain and inflammation. Based on the severity of the pain and the patient’s condition, the doctor would recommend narcotic painkillers or muscle relaxants. These are considered to be extremely effective in treating acute or severe pain. 

TENS - Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation is a device that sends electric pulses through the body. These electronic signals help to treat the pain by minimizing it. TENS directly transmits the signals over the skin that is connected to electrode pads, which are worn on the patient’s skin. With the help of a remote, the doctor can control the range of frequencies. 

Ultrasound - To warm the affected area and to bring proper blood flow, the doctor would recommend an ultrasound. This could also help to heal the nutrients in the field of pain.

Surgical techniques 

Spinal fusion surgery - Under this surgery, two vertebrae will be grafted or fused to reduce the pain. With this surgery, the doctor will eliminate the motion at the spinal segment, which helps to minimize the pain. 

Artificial disc replacement surgery - Under this surgery, the doctor will remove the spinal disc completely to maintain the height of the disc space. Later, the artificial disc device will be implanted in its place. 

Laminectomy - The vertebral bone is removed, and the back part of the muscle is pushed aside to keep the parts of the vertebra adjacent to the lamina intact. This decompression surgery will result in the enlargement of the spinal canal that will help in the release of pressure on the spinal cord or the nerves providing relief.

Microscopic discectomy - The affected part of the disc will be removed under this lumbar surgery. This will ease out pressure created on the nerve tissue and helps to alleviate pain. 

Endoscopic discectomy – It is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is performed with the help of a tubular device. This helps to relieve pain from the roots of the nerves. 

At Dr. Vanchilingam Hospital, the doctor specializes in disc disease management to provide complete treatment for the patients.

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Saturday, 19 October 2019

Peripheral Neuropathy:Beyond the brain & spinal cord

Peripheral neuropathy often referred as the damage to the nerves is caused outside the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system is associated with sending information from the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to the rest of your body. It also sends sensory information to the central nervous system. Damage to these nerves can impair muscle movement, induces pain and prevents normal sensation to hands and legs. 

peripheral neuropathy

Reasons for peripheral neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy cannot appear in one particular condition. There are varied causes for the nerves to get damaged such as:

Diabetes - more than half the people with diabetes might develop some form of nerve disorder 

Infections - viral or bacterial infections like leprosy, hepatitis B, HIV and much more 
Poor nutrition - intake of food needs to be balanced and proper. Body needs proper nutrients and vitamins

Tumours - some growths, cancerous or noncancerous can lead to nervous disorders
Kidney or thyroid disease 

Bone marrow disorders - bone cancer or abnormal protein content in blood 

Alcohol - intake of alcohol usually reduces the consumption of proper food which leads to poor nutrition and vitamin deficiency

Injuries from accidents or falls - major accidents, sports injuries and falls can damage the nervous system 

Exposure to poison -  industrial chemicals and substances are toxic 
Inherited or hereditary disorders 

Certain medications used to treat cancer - medicines used to treat chemotherapy can cause peripheral neuropathy

In some rare scenarios, it will be a challenge to find a cause for the nerve damage. 

Notice the signs 

Each nerve in the peripheral system has got specific functions. Hence, symptoms depend on the nerve affected. There are mainly 3 types of nerves such as:
  • Sensory nerves that receive all the sensations 
  • Motor nerves which control the muscle movements 
  • Autonomic nerves that control certain functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, digestion and bladder
Symptoms include:
  • Numbness 
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing pain 
  • Loss of sensation in arms & legs 
  • Weakness in muscles
  • Lack of coordination
  • If motor nerves are affected then, paralysis 
  • Digestive problems 
  • Heat intolerance 
  • Excessive sweating or unable to sweat 
  • Fluctuation in blood pressure

Medical care 

In medical care, tablets which help in neuropathic pain, to reduce tingling and numbness and which help in nerve regrowth are used. Certain peripheral neuropathy conditions can be treated with medicines such as pain killers, antidepressant tablets and ointments that can be used for mild to moderate symptoms.

Sometimes various therapies and procedures can help treat the signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy such as:

Physical therapy

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) - these are electrodes placed on the skin that delivers electric current at varying frequencies. This need to used for 30 minutes daily for a month to see the result 

Plasma exchange and intravenous immune globulin - this procedure can help suppress the immune system activity that could help people with certain inflammatory conditions. Plasma exchange involves removing blood, antibodies and certain proteins from the body and returning the blood back to the body. Whereas, in immune globulin therapy the individual will receive high levels of protein that will work as antibodies or immunoglobulins 

peripheral neuropathy

Damaging nerves is a major issue and has to be treated on time. At Dr. Vanchilingam Hospital Pvt Ltd, doctors can suggest the effective measures and treatments for all neurological disorders.

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

All About Memory Disorders And Its Types

“Memory is the fourth dimension of any landscape”, says John Fetcher, an eminent author from the west. But as time passes this fourth dimension fades away for many. The most complex organ of the body, the brain begins to show signs of ageing and results in people forgetting even their own names in many cases. These are called memory disorders that often affect people over the age of 60.
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Memory disorders affect one’s ability to remember, decisions making, reasoning, and communicating capabilities. Other than aging, several factors including trauma, cardiovascular diseases, brain tumors, untreated infections, heredity and vitamin deficiencies can also trigger a memory disorder. There are different types of disorders that come with diverse signs and symptoms.

Few of the types of memory disorders are listed below:

  • Alzheimer Disease: Common amongst the older lot of people, this disorder causes severe damage to the nerves of the brain which worsens the condition with time. This condition causes severe changes to the behavior of the patient and shows symptoms like confusion, restlessness, issues with judgment, and inability to follow directions to mention a few.
  • Encephalitis: This is the condition in which the brain swells and inflames and leads to mental seizures. Symptoms of this condition include tremors, headache, seizures, slow movements, difficulty in performing learned motor movements.
  • Dementia: This is a group of brain illness that makes it hard to reason, communicate, and remember. Symptoms are memory loss, changes in the personality, language issues and more. There are two types of dementia including Lewy Body Dementia and Frontotemporal Dementia.
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment: People with a family history of Alzheimer’s and dementia are more likely to develop this condition. It is a condition that lies between cognition or normal memory and dementia. People with this condition face difficulty with their memory, language, judgment, etc.
  • Vascular Cognitive Impairment: This condition is very common and is caused when the blood flow to the brain is distorted. Symptoms of dementia are confusion, mood changes, depression, irritability, balance issues. 

Understanding the symptoms and diagnosing the disease is paramount so that proper care must be given to the patient. Consult an experienced doctor and get expert advice. Book an appointment @
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Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Importance Of Stroke Rehabilitation

Stroke rehabilitation is one of the most important parts of stroke treatment. Post a stroke, certain parts of the body get paralysis. The severity of stroke complications completely varies from person to person. So stroke rehabilitation is a customized treatment program to help individuals relearn skills that they have lost after a stroke attack. The goal of stroke rehabilitation is to help you regain your independence & improve your quality of life. It has been medically proven that patients who go through stroke rehabilitation tend to lead a better life than patients who don’t.

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Benefits of different stroke rehabilitation therapy

Stroke rehabilitation involves both passive physiotherapy & respiratory therapy. There are different approaches to stroke rehabilitation therapy. The rehabilitation plan completely depends on which body part is affected by the stroke. Here is a list of different stroke rehabilitation therapy and how the body benefits from them:
  • Physical therapy
Physical therapies like motor skill exercises, mobility training, motion therapy aim at strengthening the muscles and help them coordinate among each other. Physical exercises help you to relearn how to walk and force to use limbs and body parts that are affected by stroke. 

  • Technology-assisted therapy
Through technology-assisted therapy machines and equipment are used to help your body parts function again. A functional electrical stimulation is used to contract weakened muscles. The robotic technology assists your limbs to perform repetitive moves so that one can relearn walking and using the limbs.

  • Cognitive disorder therapy
Stroke rehabilitation also involves emotional activities to treat cognitive disorders. Speech therapy is one of the most important parts of the treatment plan where an individual is helped to regain lost abilities like speaking, writing, reading, listening and understanding language.  Post a stroke people often go through depression and anxiety. Stroke rehabilitation also aims at helping an individual to get rid of depression, fear, anxiety and other emotional stress.

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The stroke Rehabilitation treatments offered by Dr Vanchilingam Hospital are the best treatment options to deal with all stroke-related issues. This is a one-stop destination where you will get effective solutions and treatment plans for every neurological issue. 

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Monday, 7 January 2019

All You Need To Know About Intracerebral Hemorrhage

Intracerebral Hemorrhage is a type of stroke where the blood bursts into your brain tissue abruptly, causing damage to the brain. In such a situation a pressure is built up in the brain, disrupting the oxygen supply. This, in turn, affects the brain and nerves adversely. Usually, any person can succumb to such a condition as intracerebral haemorrhage but the risk can increase with age. As you age, you are more likely to suffer from such a condition though like every disease technology has found treatments for haemorrhage as well. Intracerebral Hemorrhage is a critical condition and needs to be treated at the earliest possible.

What could be the causes of intracerebral haemorrhage?

  • The most common cause of intracerebral haemorrhage is the high blood pressure. 
  • In younger people, this condition could be a result of abnormally formed blood vessels in the brain.
  • Usage of blood thinners
  • An injury to the head
  • Excessive use of drugs like cocaine which is the root cause of hypertension. This can result in haemorrhage
  • Bleeding disorders like sick cell anaemia can also be a cause of haemorrhage.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms include:

  • One side of your body can be paralysed all of a sudden
  • A severe headache
  • You might face troubles regarding the vision in both your eyes or at times in one.
  • You could face certain difficulties while reading, writing, speaking or understanding things.
  • Losing consciousness, fatigue, sleepiness, vomiting and nausea are the  other symptoms associated with the condition

How is the diagnosis done?

Usually, on noticing symptoms related to haemorrhage, a doctor will conduct a neurological exam and imaging tests to determine whether you are suffering from a hemorrhagic stroke or ischemic stroke. The further steps will include a CT scan if necessary. Such a test will produce images of the brain that helps to identify bleeding or evidence of trauma to the head. In order to identify the cause of bleeding an MRI scan may also be conducted. An angiogram is used to take pictures that clearly show the flow of blood within the arteries and can help in identifying the abnormalities in the blood vessels. Issues related to blood clotting, immunity system and inflammation can be recognized by performing blood tests.

Intracerebral haemorrhage might be a serious condition but medical science has evolved and advanced to a greater level. Are you experiencing the symptoms of brain haemorrhage as mentioned above? Then, come over and get the best brain stroke treatment in Tamilnadu. Visit Dr Vanchilingam Hospital for the best and most reliable treatment for brain haemorrhage in India. The experienced and proficient doctors of the hospital led by Dr Vanchilingam along with Dr Somesh Vanchilingam provides appropriate treatments to bring back patients to normal life.

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Friday, 9 November 2018

November 17th - National Epilepsy Day

November 17th is celebrated as “National Epilepsy Day” all over the nation. Every such celebration has an underlying purpose associated with it. Celebration of National Epilepsy Day also has its own genuine and benevolent objective. We take this opportunity to create awareness in the society to fight the social stigma associated with epilepsy disorder. There is always an invisible glass door that shuns such people from society. When in some cases, this glass door is created by the society, at times the patient himself creates this door. Various initiates are taken to educate people about the do’s and don’ts of epilepsy and the importance of timely diagnosis and treatment of this disorder. A clear understanding of the various facets of this disorder helps both the patient and the society to deal with the situation more sensibly and improve the quality of their life.



Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder marked with recurrent unprovoked seizures that can be fatal if left untreated. We all know that the brain cells- Neurons communicate through electric signals. Sometimes there will be a sudden surge of these electric signals, resulting in recurrent seizures.



Various factors like age, other medical conditions, family history etc. are taken into consideration while diagnosing the disorder. Electroensephalogram(EEG), Video EEG Telemetry, CT Scan, MRI Scan, Sodium- Amytal Testing, Neuropsychology are some of the tests conducted for diagnosis.


Treatment for epilepsy aims to control or suppress these seizures. Therefore, the type of treatment depends upon the type of seizures. Based on the location and extent of the electric surge that causes seizures, Seizures can be classified into two-Generalized Seizures and Partial Seizures.


Generalized Seizures:

Generalized Seizures occurs when the neurons discharge electric signals at an abnormal rate in all parts of the brain. Tonic seizures, clonic seizures, atonic seizures, tonic-clonic seizures, absence seizures, myoclonic seizures etc. come under generalized seizures.


Partial Seizures:

In Partial or Focused Seizure abnormal surge occurs in a particular area in the brain. The symptoms of the partial seizure depend upon the part of the brain that surges abnormal electric signals. The two main partial seizures are- Simple Partial Seizure and complex Partial seizure.
Antiepileptic medications are the basic therapy for treating epilepsy. Individualized or tailor-made plans are implicated for each patient depending upon medical history. Medication has to be taken on a daily basis to maintain a steady level of the drug in the bloodstream to prevent seizures.


Break The Stigma:

Dr: Vanchilingam Hospital in Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu one of the most pre-eminent neurology hospital acclaimed for exemplary services in neurological treatment take pleasure in conducting a host of events and campaigns in support of epilepsy awareness and improving their acceptability in various walks of life. You can get the best epilepsy treatment in Tamil Nadu from Dr.Vanchilingam Hospital. Educating the patient and his family is of paramount importance as it helps in removing stress and fear thereby coping up with the situation more composedly. We aspire to provide the best service at an affordable price. We can together help them embrace their bright future.
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