The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can range from mild to disabling. At Allied Integrative Health & Wellness, the team of multidisciplinary providers offer functional medicine and chiropractic care to help prevent flare-ups and help you manage pain when it does arise. They treat all aspects of this autoimmune condition to help you improve your overall function and quality of life. If you live in Cleveland or the surrounding area, call the office or use the online booking agent to learn more about revolutionary rheumatoid arthritis treatments.
What is rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which means your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks your joint tissue. This results in inflammation in your joints, causing pain, stiffness, and loss of function.
What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition. However, symptoms can flare up more severely during periods of increased disease activity and almost resolve when you’re in periods of remission. A flare-up is characterized by:
- Inflammation in any of the major joints, including your hands, neck, shoulders, hips, and knees
- Painful swelling and warmth in the joints
- Stiffness and pain lasting for 30 minutes or so in the morning or after being sedentary for some time
What causes rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is not contagious or degenerative, but it is a progressive condition that may worsen over time. It develops due to a genetic component. In some people, an infection can trigger the development of the disease, if they have inherited a genetic tendency for the disease.
How is rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed?
At Allied Integrative Health & Wellness, the team thoroughly reviews your medical history and collects information about your symptoms and family history. They also perform a comprehensive exam of the joints that are causing you pain.
Dr. Whetstone and the other providers may also order blood tests to check for an antibody known as a rheumatoid factor. About 80% of people with rheumatoid arthritis eventually develop this antibody.
They may also order X-rays to evaluate any damage to your joints. X-rays taken over time can also provide information about the progression of the disease.
It’s important to come in to be evaluated if you do suffer from joint pain or stiffness. Undiagnosed and untreated rheumatoid arthritis can lead to damaged or weakened joints and other severe damage, including bone deformity.
How is rheumatoid arthritis managed?
At Allied Integrative Health & Wellness, the team treats your whole body, not just the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. They look at reducing inflammation through medications, nutritional guidance, and chiropractic adjustments to minimize flare-ups. You may undergo physical therapy to learn ways to keep your joints mobile and flexible.
Chiropractic adjustments can also help clear up interference in the nervous system that may be aggravating pain in your joints. Plus, chiropractic care helps bring about greater range of motion to reduce the discomfort and dysfunction of rheumatoid flare-ups.