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Posted on 02-22-2018

Inflammation is an attempt at protecting the body by eradicating damaging stimuli and jumpstarting the tissue repair process. It is the immune system’s response to irregularities such as wounds, infections, and any tissue damage that would otherwise not heal. White blood cells are used as a defense against these foreign invaders. However, in some occasions the inflammation can persist past the point of being beneficial. If it lasts longer than what it is necessary, it actually becomes harmful.

There are many signs of inflammation, but it depends on whether the reaction is chronic or acute. You may have a swollen joint that feels warm when touched. The heat is due to the presence of extra blood flowing to the area. Redness can occur as the result of the capillaries in the region being filled with more blood than normal. The buildup of fluid can cause swelling. Immobility can be experienced at the site of the inflammation. If touched, it is very common to feel pain radiating from the inflamed area. These are acute symptoms that are only applicable to inflammation of the skin.

Chronic inflammation is a long-term condition that continues for months and even years. Acute inflammation can evolve to a chronic state if the body is not able to eliminate the cause of the inflammation. In the case of certain diseases, including arthritis, the immune system activates an inflammatory response when there is no presence of foreign organisms. With autoimmune diseases, the body interprets healthy tissues as abnormal or infected. The immune system, rather than being protective, instead inflicts damage to its own tissues.

Chronic inflammation is involved with many conditions and diseases. This includes those suffering with asthma, sinusitis, tuberculosis, and periodontitis. This is also true for people experiencing chronic peptic ulcer, active hepatitis, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease. There are also a multitude of diseases that are actually caused by chronic inflammation. Some types of arthritis are developed due to misdirected inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and gouty arthritis are all instigated by inflammation. Hay fever, atherosclerosis, and some types of cancers can be provoked by chronic inflammation. It is essential to manage inflammation before it leads to progression of serious diseases.

Diagnosis of inflammatory diseases occurs after careful evaluation. Complete medical history is heeded and a physical examination will take place. The doctor will place particular importance on the pattern of aching joints, and if there are any other indicators of inflammation. Blood tests and x-rays will give a conclusive verdict.

There are many treatment options for inflammation. Avoid or at least adapt activities that cause aggravation. Anti-inflammatory and pain medications can be advantageous. Physical therapy can help preserve joint motion and muscle strength. Canes, splints, and braces can reduce the amount of stress that is placed on your joints.  

If you are looking for relief for your inflammation, consider seeing a chiropractor. At Pelphrey Chiropractic, we are dedicated to improving the quality of life for each patient. We also provide information on how to keep patients feeling well at home. We are located in Lexington, KY and proudly serve the surrounding area. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.

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