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Inaugural Cermony

Inaugural Cermony of department of Gynaecology

Newly joined

Dr.Shalini Somnath

(Specialist Gynecologist)

Medical Services Available:

  • Pre Conception Counselling
  • Fetal Well Being Ultrasound
  • Treatment of various Gynecological problems
  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening.
  • Contraceptive advice & Loop (Intrauterine Device) Insertion
  • Antenatal Care
  • Infertility
Health First Pharmacy Opening at Hor Al Anz

A free medical camp was organized at Hor Al Anz on 24th Feb.As a part of the same Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar & BMI test were conducted for the visitors over there.

Free Health Medical Camps Enquiry

As a part of our cultural commitments, we occasionally arrange Free Health Medical Camps and educational sessions to social groups and other cultural associations. Kindly contact our Marketing Department for arranging such a session for your gathering.

Contact Person : Mr. Dilip.Veliyath
Tel: 04 2940786
E Mail: dilip@alshifaalkhaleeji.com

Free Medical Camp at Jenny Flowers on UAE National Day

A free medical camp was conducted at Jenny Flowers whereby, a free checking of Fasting Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure & Weight check up was offered to the employees.


Free Medical Camp at Grand Mart Hyper Market

A free medical camp was conducted at Grand Mart Hyper Market whereby Free tests for Fasting Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure & BMI was conducted.

Breath free Campaign at the Medical Centre

Breath free Campaign at the Medical Centre in association with Cipla & National Trading & Pharmaceutical Establishment:

A Breath free Campaign was organized at the Medical Centre whereby, a free checking of the breathing capacity & the condition of the lungs of the Patient was checked.


UAE National Day Free Cholesterol & Blood Pressure Check up Campaign

A free Cholesterol & Blood Pressure Check up campaign was organized at the Medical Centre on the 2nd Dec 2014 for the occasion of the 43rd National Day of United Arab Emirates. The same was attended by residents of various nationalities & was a huge success.

newly joined

Dr.Putturaj Raj Gowda

An experienced dentist graduated from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka. He has a good exposure of working with High end clinics in Karnataka, India.

Newly Joined

Dr.Qadeer Ahmed Qureshi

A highly motivated & dedicated physician from Pakistan with an experience of caring for patients of various cultural backgrounds. Completed MBBS from Karachi Medical & Dental College and has a work experience of over ten years in Pakistan.

Nirdhanarkku Soujanya Chikithsayumayi Dr. Kasim

Nirdhanarkku Soujanya Chikithsayumayi Dr. Kasim



@ Al Shifa Al Khaleeji Medical Centre Sharjah Branch 


CONTACT : 06-5328558




Disk Hernia

Age and Degenerative Disk Disease

As people age, the nucleus pulposus may naturally dehydrate. Like a tire that loses air, its ability to absorb shock is lessened. The annulus fibrosus weakens and begins to tear. This may not cause pain in some people. In others, it may cause chronic pain, known as axial pain or disk space pain. Gradual dehydration of the nucleus pulposus is called degenerative disk disease.


What is a Disk Hernia?

Herniated disks can be called by many names. A slipped disk, ruptured disk, or a bulging disk can all refer to the same medical condition.

Within the spine, a gel-like cushioned disk (nucleus pulposus) absorbs impact like a shock absorber, and separates vertebrae. When the annulus fibrosus tears due to an injury or the aging process, the nucleus pulposus can extrude through the tear. You might imagine a prolapsed disk as something like a doughnut with jelly. Applying pressure forces the nucleus pulposus to squeeze outside of the disk. This can put pressure on nerves and stimulate the symptoms of sciatica, or disk herniation.

Like a tree branching out, major spinal nerves extend out all along the spine to various organs, tissues and extremities. Herniated disks often press against these nerves. These ‘pinched nerves’ cause radiating pain, numbness, tingling, and diminished strength and/or range of motion. Further, when the nerve comes in contact with the inner nuclear gel’s inflammatory proteins, a person may experience significant pain. Nerve-related pain is also known as radicular pain. When the disk protrudes into surrounding vertebrae, it is called Schmorl’s nodes.

Symptoms to Watch

Out of every 50 people, one will experience a herniated disk at some point. For between 10 and 25 percent, symptoms will last more than 6 weeks. 

Watch for :

  • Sudden pain in your lower back or hip that radiates to the back of your thigh and on your leg may indicate a protruding (herniated) disk pressing on your sciatic nerve.
  • If it feels like a bad leg cramp that lasts for weeks, it could be sciatica. You may have pain when you sit, sneeze, or cough. Feeling numb, weak, burning or tingling, or a pins-and-needles sensation down your leg are also signs.
  • You are more likely to get sciatica if you are 30 to 50 years old. It may result from general wear and tear, and sudden pressure on the disks that cushion the bones (vertebrae) of your lower spine.
  • In rare cases, a herniated disk may press on nerves that cause you to lose control of your bladder or bowel. You may also have numbness or tingling in your groin or genital area. This is an emergency situation that requires surgery. Phone your doctor immediately.
Back Pain

What Causes Back Pain?

A number of theories exist. The leading cause of back pain has to do with degeneration — or wearing down of one or more intervertebral disks. These disks act as the spine’s ‘shock absorbers. They provide strength and flexibility.

As people age, their intervertebral disks may degenerate and lose their normal operating properties. Disks may collapse, causing the spinal canal to narrow, and localized superficial nerves to become irritated – resulting in back pain. This scenario is known as degenerative disk disease.

How Does Back Pain Feel?

Pain affects people in different ways. Back pain usually originates from muscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in the spine. Back pain may appear suddenly or as a chronic pain. It can be constant or intermittent. It may stay in one place or radiate to other areas. It may be a dull ache, or a sharp or piercing or burning sensation. It may include weakness, numbness or tingling.

A complex network of nerves, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments interconnect in the spine. All can cause pain. Back pain is often be experienced as:

  •  Neck pain, radiating into the arm and hand
  • Upper back pain
  • Lower Back Pain, radiating into the leg or foot
  • Tailbone Pain

Discovering the Source

One source of back pain may be the back’s skeletal muscle – including pulled or strained muscles, muscle spasms, and muscle imbalances. Synovial joints are another potential source. These are the sources for about one in three people with chronic low back pain, and in most people with neck pain following whiplash.

Among the several common sources and causes of back pain are:

  • Spinal Disk Herniation (Sciatica)
  • Degenerative Disk Disease
  • Lumbar Spondylosis (Degenerative Disk Disease)
  • Osteoarthritis ((Degenerative Joint Disease)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Others including trauma, cancer, infections, fractures and inflammatory disease

Correct Diagnosis

Because symptoms coming from different spinal tissues can feel alike, it is sometimes hard to diagnose properly without using diagnostic intervention procedures, such as local anesthetic blocks. However, disk herniation (sciatica) may be diagnosed without invasive diagnostic tests.

  • Your doctor will start with a complete patient history. You’ll be asked to explain when and how your pain started, where you feel it, and what it feels like.
  • Your doctor will give you a physical examination to help pinpoint the irritated nerve root. You may squat and rise, walk on your heels and toes, raise your legs straight and more.
  • Because most patients with sciatica have compression of the L5 or S1 nerve roots, you may be given X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to confirm your diagnosis.

Treatment Goals

Treatment options are based on the stage of the condition – is it acute or chronic? Not all treatments work for all conditions or all individuals Some people may try several treatment options to determine what works best for them. Others may need only non-surgical therapies to manage pain. For 1-10% of patients, surgery may be the quickest way to feel better.

When treating back pain, Your Practice Name goals are to:

  • Achieve the greatest reduction in pain intensity as quickly as possible
  • Restore a person’s ability to function in everyday activities
  • Help the individual cope with residual pain
  • Assess the side-effects of therapy
  • Facilitate legal and socioeconomic roads to recovery
  • Keep pain to a manageable level
  • Progress with rehabilitation, and eventual long term pain relief

We all have spines that are naturally curved. These curves produce the rounding of shoulders and the sway of the lower back. By contrast, in persons with scoliosis, the spine seems to have abnormal curves with a rotational deformity.

What Does Scoliosis Look Like?

To the eye, scoliosis appears as though the spine has been turned on its axis, like a corkscrew. The normal spine has a subtle curve. With scoliosis, the spinal curvature is severe. Scoliosis causes a lack of symmetry throughout shoulders, trunks and waistlines. Mild scoliosis may be barely noticed. With severe forms, persons may experience more pronounced disfigurement, with resultant back pain and postural fatigue.

What causes scoliosis?

Hereditary factors are certainly present, but the causes that produce the most common form, idiopathic scoliosis, are unknown. We do know that scoliosis is generally seen in teenagers at the onset of adolescence, but may also have its onset in infancy. It is twice as common in girls as boys. For severe cases – including spinal curves greater than 30 degrees – girls are between 8 to 10 times more at risk than boys. These severe cases may be associated with heart failure.

Orthopedic Surgeons are best qualified to evaluate and treat deforming spinal conditions like scoliosis. However, a good resource for further information is:

Treatment of Scoliosis

In most scoliosis cases, persons will need only to watch closely and follow up with our practice if the curve should begin to worsen. In this case, your orthopedic doctors will examine the spine and observe the progress of the deformity using a series of x-rays. For certain cases, as the spines continues to grow, your orthopedic doctor may recommend use of a brace. Physical therapy exercises have not been shown to be effective treatment for scoliosis.

When is Surgery Required?

More serious cases may require aggressive treatment, which could include surgery. Surgical treatment of scoliosis may be indicated for these reasons:

  • When surgery may prevent further progression of the curve
  • When brace treatment has failed to control progress of the curve
  • To correct or improve the cosmetic appearance
  • To alleviate discomfort or postural fatigue.

Common surgical treatment for scoliosis requires a spine fusion using special stainless steel rods, hooks, and a bone graft. The orthopedic surgeon attaches rods to the spine with hooks, and the spinal curvature is carefully straightened. He then places small strips of bone graft over the spine to fuse it in a straight position.

Recovery from Surgery

Over several months, the bone graft heals. Where the rods and bone grafts remain, the spine will be solid and will not curve again. But the part of the spine that has not been fused will continue to be flexible, and allow nearly normal movement.

Trauma / Arthroplasty Reconstruction

Accidents are part of life. At Your Practice Name, our goal is to expertly care for trauma patients with the highest quality care. To that end, our complete trauma program assists patients with complex fractures or multiple injuries. We utilize minimally invasive surgery, bone graft substitutes, bone-fusing protein and the most advanced surgical techniques to restore the highest possible level of function.

What is Arthroplasty?

  • If your knee or hip is severely damaged by arthritis or injury, and non-surgical treatments are no longer helpful, arthroplasty is the most likely option.
  • Arthroplasty is surgical reconstruction or replacement of a malformed or degenerated joint. At Your Practice Name, we specialize in orthopedic surgery for those who require total or partial knee and hip replacements, as well as shoulder and elbow replacement surgeries.
  • The two most common procedures are the total knee arthroplasty and the total hip arthroplasty. Less common, but just as successful in relieving joint pain, is total shoulder arthroplasty. This procedure may be recommended if arthritis or degenerative joint disease makes your shoulder stiff and painful or if the upper arm bone is fractured so badly that tissue death may result.
  • Knee replacement, hip replacement and shoulder arthroplasty are highly technical procedures that should be performed by an experienced orthopedic surgeon. Your Practice Name orthopedic surgeons review your case carefully before recommending arthroplasty for you.
Carpal Tunnel

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The wrist contains a sheath of tough connective tissue that surrounds and protects several structures. The carpal tunnel is the space between this connective tissue and the bones that make up the wrist and hand.

Carpal tunnel syndrome exists when the median nerve is compressed. This nerve runs through the wrist into a tunnel surrounded by bones and ligaments. It is most common among women ages 30 plus and is typically caused by inflammation or swelling of the tendon.

The median nerve is responsible for providing sensation to a large portion of the palm and fingers. It delivers motor control to the palm and thumb as well, so the consequences of carpal tunnel syndrome can be significant.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include numbness/tingling and/or pain in the median nerve distribution. This includes the thumb, index, middle and radial half of the ring finger and possibly weakness in the thenar muscles. It has been shown to be associated with obesity, hypothyroidism, diabetes, pregnancy, family history, rheumatoid arthritis and wrist shape. It can be associated with certain fractures of the forearm and wrist, and is often attributed to computer and other forms of repetitive work-related stress.

A number of treatment options exist, depending on the severity of the problem. Your Practice Name orthopedic surgeons may recommend anti-inflammatory medicines or night splints. Those whose cases are more severe may be recommended for carpal tunnel surgery.

Onset of carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by rapid, repetitive activities such as:

  • Typing
  • Use of Power Grip Tools
  • Sports Activities

Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Include:

  • Numbness or tingling in the hands
  • Pain radiating into the forearm
  • Symptoms worsen at night
  • Thumb muscle weakness
General Fractures

Falls cause bone fractures. So do accidents. A bone fracture is a medical condition in which a bone is cracked or broken. Many fractures result from high force impact or stress.

Bone fractures also develop from medical conditions that weaken bones, such as osteoporosis, certain types of cancer or osteogenesis imperfecta.

Fractures are classified in many ways. A simple, closed fracture is much easier to treat than an open, contaminated fracture:

  • In a closed fracture, the skin is intact. An open or compound fracture involves wounds that communicate with the fracture and may expose the bone to contamination. Open fractures carry a higher risk of infection, require antibiotics and usually surgical treatment (debridement), to remove dirt, contamination and dead tissue.
  • simple fracture occurs along only one line. It splits the bone into two pieces.Multi-fragmentary fractures occur when the bone splits into multiple pieces.
  • Compression fractures occur when the front portion of a vertebra in the spine collapses due to osteoporosis.


A bone fracture may be very painful, due to stimulation of nerve receptors, swelling and muscle spasms. Since bone healing is a natural process, fracture treatment aims to ensure the best possible function of the injured part after healing. Typically, fractured pieces of bone are restored to their natural positions, with verification provided by an X-ray. A fractured limb is held in place with a plaster or fiberglass cast or splint. Once the initial swelling goes down, the fracture may be placed in a removable brace.

Surgery is done only if conservative treatment has failed or is likely to fail. Surgery is routine on hip fractures due to osteoporosis. That’s because the complications of non-operative treatment include deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, which are more dangerous than surgery.

When a joint surface is damaged by a fracture, surgery is also commonly recommended to make an accurate anatomical reduction and restore the smoothness of the joint.

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