Severe knee flexion contracture greater than 80° is rare and challenging to manage. It is a common complication which occurs after a prolonged course of the rheumatoid arthritis. The case was a 45 year old female patient of Ama vata (rheumatoid arthritis) with sandhijadya and sankoca (contracture deformity) who was hospitalized for 2 months. She was unable to walk since 1 year due to contracture of both knee joints. The patient came on a wheel chair and was unable to walk even with support. She was advised for contracture repair surgery which she refused. After hospitalization she was treated with Nadi svedana twice a day for 20 min each. Simultaneously, passive stretching for 45 s in every 5 min interval was done. She was treated for 2 months. The patient was instructed to continue other Ayurvedic remedies given as the Ama vata (rheumatoid arthritis) treatment. After Nadi svedana, goniometric assessment of the knees contracture was performed every week. She got satisfactory result in stiffness and pain and has been able to walk with support. Extension of both knee joints has improved up to 20° with increased range of motion. Her height has also been increased up to 1.5 cm due to improvement in the extension of the knee joints with better feeling in daily activities during 3 months of follow-up period.
Patel, M. M., Patel, M. V., Gupta, S. N., & Patel, K. B. (2018). Effect of Nadi svedana with simultaneous passive stretching on correction of sandhijadya. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, 9(1), 61–63. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaim.2017.07.002