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Condition of Diplopia or Double Vision Successfully Treated By Physiotherapy

Any visual disturbances interfere with your normal sight. Several conditions and disorders may cause various types of visual disturbances. Diplopia – also called double vision- is a type of visual disturbance when you’re seeing two objects when there’s only one. This visual disturbance can be a symptom of a serious health problem. These conditions of diplopia can affect one eye (monocular) or both eyes (binocular).

Recently a patient from the Panposh area came to JP Hospital, Rourkela with binocular diplopia condition he used to see two objects, with his two eyes when there was one object. Before coming here, the patient had almost visited all the major medical centres of India to cure his diplopia condition but did not get any result. Upon hearing that JP Hospital has the biggest and very specialized physiotherapy unit in Odisha, decided to meet Dr Satyabrata Jena H.O.D – JP Physiotherapy Department and seek his advice. Further being a known diabetic patient also, this eye problem was a common thing for the patient but no remedy was in sight. After a thorough check-up of the patient’s eye movement, Dr Jena found that out of three cranial nerves(CN) which innervate the six external-ocular muscles which originate in the eye socket (orbit) and work to move the eye up, down, and side to side, and rotate the eye, CN III ( Oculomotor Nerve) – which allows movement of the eye muscles, constriction of the pupil, focusing the eyes and the position of the upper eyelid&CN VI ( Abducens Nerve)– one of the nerves responsible for the extraocular motor functions of the eye- is impaired. This is hampering the working of external ocular muscles resulting in diplopia conditions.

Before coming to JP Hospital, this patient visited many renowned ophthalmology centres in India but they all inferred that there are no issues with the eyes but it might be a neurological issue related to nerves. The patient consulted Neuro Specialist who prescribed medicines, but the problem of diplopia could not be treated. Finally Dr Satyabrata Jena in consultation with the patient – who imposed utmost faith in JP Hospital & Dr Jena – made a treatment plan through ocular physiotherapy procedures for a fortnight, on daily basis. This rare treatment procedure for an ophthalmic case started. Cranio Neuro Manual Therapy, Galvanic Stimulation and Vestibular Exercises were part of the physiotherapy endeavours. This type of Cranial Osteopathy is confined to some of the high-end physio centres in India and is now available exclusively in JP Hospital, Rourkela.

 Finally, on the 7th day, the patient started responding to the treatment and brought a big relief & joy to  the entire physiotherapy team headed by Dr Satyabrata Jena and the patient who was astonished by the result. Gradually the treatment worked and the patient returned to his normal eyesight and even started driving four-wheeler & two-wheeler again, without any difficulties.

Dr Satyabrata Jena says : –

“ Normal perception is that only pain & joint-related issues can be treated by physiotherapy but the fact is that scope of physiotherapy is vast and has multidisciplinary uses. At JP Hospital, the physiotherapy has been used for faster recovery of burn patients, cardiac patients, pulmonary cases; Neuro cases, Ortho cases, Covid patients and cases like above – diplopia conditions.”

Dr Jena is also the Chairperson of Neuro-Rehabilitation AOMPT – the World’s largest physiotherapy academy.

For More info about JP Physiotheraphy Procedure & Treatment
Dr. Satyabrata Jena, HOD(Physiotheraphy)
Jaiprakash Hospital & Research Center
Contact – 9779109109

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