Simply put, inflammatory arthritis is inflammation in your joints. Synovial fluid acts as lubrication in the joint. When synovial fluid becomes inflamed, it thickens. The thickening of synovial fluid is what causes the signs and symptoms associated with arthritis. The reason synovial fluid becomes inflamed isn’t clear. Evidence suggests that genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors all play a role. Non inflammatory arthritis (a misnomer) is also inflammation in the joint. The difference is this inflammation is caused by cartilage breaking down from general wear and tear. Non inflammatory arthritis is usually found in a single joint. The signs and symptoms of inflammatory arthritis can be localized or widespread affecting multiple areas of your body.
Traditional medicines are good, but a holistic approach is often preferable. If you feel your condition requires more than over-the-counter or prescription medication, or you want alternative options for treating arthritis, call 817-767-5430 for a consultation Dr. Doyle today. Doyle Chiropractic and Acupuncture is located in Roanoke across from Hawaiian Falls.
Types of Arthritis
Inflammatory arthritis encompasses any type of arthritis involving the immune system. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most prevalent form. RA affects more than 2 million people, most of whom are women. RA most often affects the hands, wrist, and feet. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (also known as juvenile RA) occurs in children and adolescents age 16 and under. People who suffer from psoriasis of the skin can develop psoriatic arthritis. Ankylosis Spondylitis results from inflammation in the spine. Other autoimmune diseases such as gout and lupus erythematosus can also lead to inflammatory arthritis.
Symptoms of Arthritis
Symptoms include joint pain, tenderness, stiffness (especially in the mornings), and swelling. As arthritis worsens, limited or total loss of mobility, deformity, and muscle weakness occur. If you suffer from inflammatory arthritis, systematic inflammation can also cause: skin rashes, dry mouth, hair loss, eye inflammation, and fever.
How Doyle Chiropractic and Acupuncture Can Help You
Traditional treatment of inflammatory arthritis usually includes: ice, heat, weight loss, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). NSAIDS include: ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen. In some cases, a corticosteroid is used to help control the inflammation.
At Doyle Chiropractic and Acupuncture, we use a combination of multiple alternative methods to meet your needs and provide the best care. At our office in Roanoke, we provide relief for patients in Trophy Club, Southlake, Keller, NRH, Grapevine, and surrounding communities. Pain management, decreasing swelling, and controlling inflammation are our top priority.
A few of the treatment methods include gentle joint manipulation and a series of stretches to increase movement and decrease pain. Just as a hot pack heats superficially, ultrasound waves are used to heat deep in the muscle, bone, and surrounding tissue. Ultrasound helps to decrease pain and inflammation, as well as improve circulation to the area. Premodual stimulation uses electrodes to soothe tight muscles, increase circulation, and reduce swelling. Through combining diet, detoxification, vitamins, and herbal supplements, we can help you can reduce outside factors that cause inflammation to flare or worsen. Implementing a home exercise program will help maintain and advance the progress you make at Doyle Chiropractic and Acupuncture. These programs will be uniquely created for you. Dr. Doyle wants to help you reach your health goals and life a high-quality life.
Call 817-767-5430 if you are in the Roanoke area or 979-968-6400 if you are in the surrounding La Grange area to set up a consultation. Doyle Chiropractic and Acupuncture is ready to work with you to achieve pain management and improve your quality of life.