Disability

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The word disability always brings to our mind, the image of a person who needs a wheelchair or crutches, in order to move about, one who is blind needing a stick, or indeed a child who struggles to move, communicate and understand. While these serious forms of disability exist and need considerable attention and support, the word disability encompasses a range of conditions that incapacitate a human being and prevent them from achieving their fullest potential.
“Placing one foot in front of another, I have climbed to higher lengths. Reaching beyond my own limitations, to show my inner strength. No obstacle too hard, for this warrior to overcome. I am just a man on a mission, to prove my disability hasn't won.”
- Robert M Hensel (Guinness world record holder for the longest wheelchair wheelie).

In general, disability can be developmental, acquired or degenerative. Developmental disability includes conditions like cerebral palsy, infantile hemiparesis, mental retardation, autism, childhood polio and other neuromuscular disorders, acquired early in life. Common to these is a failure to acquire the normal milestones of development in comparison with one's peers.
Acquired disability is usually due to injury and trauma - the head (brain), back (spine), bones and joints, muscles and ligaments all being vulnerable. Acquired disability can also follow tumours, infections, inflammations, vascular disturbances to affected parts, inappropriate use/ disuse and so on.
Degenerative disability follows various conditions that cause accelerated aging in various body parts: chemical degeneration in the brain causes Alzheimer's disease and dementia, Parkinson's disease and a number of other aging disorders; vascular degeneration causes damage to the target organs leading to strokes (brain attacks), ischemic heart disease (heart attacks) and renal disease (under performing kidney).
Degeneration of the bones and joints lead to various forms of spondylitic and arthritic conditions. Pain can be a major cause of disability, which can also follow various forms of surgery both curative and restorative (joint replacements etc.). Finally, disability can be mental, due to failing memory, cognition and intellect; or indeed a mind that is depressed or out of touch with reality, clinical depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia being cases in point.

At TRIMED we take a scientific and serious view about YOUR disability. It is our belief that disability can in many instances be reversed, at least considerably diminished, through our intensive rehabilitation process. Indeed, we have in our extensive experience managed to get people (even the elderly) off the wheel chair and on their feet, through a judicious combination of treatments. At TRIMED we combine the best modern medicine can offer on the one hand, with the richness of ancient wisdom, the legacy of treatments and interventions unique to our culture.

Mrs. A, a 58 year old retired school teacher from Gurgaon, wife of a well known physician there, had been on treatment for Parkinson’s Disease for some years but continued to experience physical disability- problems with walking and mobility, difficulties with performing her normal activities of daily living, loss of freedom and independence as a consequence. Being tech savvy and well informed about the disease and its progression, her experience of disability and activity limitations had rendered her extremely anxious and pessimistic about the future by the time she consulted us on the advice of her son, who was based in Chennai. She underwent an Integrated treatment program for 2 weeks, comprising of Ayurveda therapies, physiotherapy with gait and balance training, relaxation exercises, cognitive behaviour therapy, intensive counseling with lifestyle modification and nutritional advice and caregiver counseling . At the end of the treatment program, her gait and activities of daily living had improved significantly, as had her confidence in her ability to manage independently. That these milestones were achieved without a significant increase in her medication for Parkinson's disease was a matter of special pride for her, inspiring her to write a poem (see TRIMED Thoughts 'from poetry to biryani". She returned to her hometown a happy person, armed with renewed confidence and coping skills, both physical and emotional. Several people like Mrs. A have benefitted with the TRIMED approach to disability management, many even coming off wheelchairs in the process.

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Complicated diabetes
    (with neuropathy and arthritis)
  • Dementia/Alzheimer`s disease
  • Focal neurological dysfunction
  • Headache due to sinusitis
  • Hypertension
  • Major neurological dysfunction
  • Migraine