Inflammatory arthritis, also known as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation within the body that attacks the joints and surrounding tissues in your upper and lower extremities. Inflammatory arthritis can encompass a host of other diseases, such as lupus and psoriatic arthritis. Although incurable, symptoms can be managed with traditional medications or alternative, holistic methods, such as chiropractic care and acupuncture. Symptoms of inflammatory arthritis can affect the entire body or be localized to certain joints in the hands, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, and feet. Dr. Cody Doyle at Doyle Chiropractic & Acupuncture is passionate about helping you manage your symptoms so you can live a healthy and fulfilled life.
What Causes Inflammatory Arthritis?
Inflammatory arthritis affects nearly two million people in the United States and is more frequently diagnosed in women. Although the exact cause of inflammatory arthritis is unknown, certain factors, such as genetics, stress, poor nutrition, hormone imbalances, and exposure to environmental toxins have been linked to increased inflammation within the body. High levels of inflammation can compromise your immune system and cause it to begin attacking your body. In the case of inflammatory arthritis, the membrane lining surrounding your joints (synovium) thickens and damages the cartilage and bones within. As this happens, the surrounding tissues weaken and the joint eventually loses its shape and moves out of alignment.
Signs and Symptoms
The side effects of inflammatory arthritis can affect your joints as well as other areas of your body, such as the skin, eyes, and nerves. Below are the common symptoms associated with this autoimmune disease:
- Painful, tender, or swollen joints
- Joints warm to the touch
- Muscle and joint stiffness, especially after waking up
- Joint deformity
- Restricted range of motion
- Limping and difficulty walking
- Trouble gripping objects
- Skin rashes
- Dry mouth
- Eye inflammation
Treatments for Inflammatory Arthritis
Dr. Doyle provides a variety of treatment options to help ease your discomfort, reduce inflammation, and improve your range of motion:
- Ultrasound: This treatment delivers deep heat to the muscles and tissues surrounding your joints to reduce inflammation and muscle pain. With time, it can also improve your range of motion.
- Home Exercises: Physical activity can keep your muscles strong to help your joints, ligaments, and tendons maintain their shape. It can also help you maintain a healthy body weight and improve your range of motion.
- Acupuncture: Doyle will insert tiny needles into strategic acupuncture points along your body to stimulate the underlying nerves and tissues. This holistic approach reduces inflammation within the body by increasing blood flow to the muscles, joints, and surrounding tissues that have been impaired.
- Chiropractic and Myofascial Release Therapy: Together, these treatments keep your joints in proper alignment and improve your flexibility and function. Dr. Doyle will use hands-on and mechanical techniques to manipulate your joints and release tension in the surrounding muscles to reduce pain and promote overall wellness.
- Nutritional and Herbal Therapies: Reducing inflammation within your body is key to preventing a debilitating inflammatory arthritis attack. Dr. Doyle will meet with you to help you manage your stress levels and remove anything in your lifestyle that is contributing to increased inflammation. He can also recommend changes to your diet and certain vitamins and supplements that will help improve your health.
Have You Been Diagnosed with Inflammatory Arthritis?
If you have recently been diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis and are looking for a holistic and natural approach to managing symptoms, Dr. Doyle can provide the care you need. Contact Doyle Chiropractic & Acupuncture today to schedule a consultation. We care for patients from North Fort Worth, including Trophy Club, Grapevine, Southlake, Argyle, Keller, NRH, and Justin.