Do You Have Arthritis?
Arthritis is inflammation residing in one or more of your joints.
The result is pain and stiffness that may worsen over time. The most common types are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Diagnosis may be confirmed by blood test. People with this condition may have elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate or ESR. A high C-reactive protein may indicate systemic inflammation. Other tests more specific for rheumatoid arthritis include a rheumatoid factor test and an anti-nuclear antibody test or ANA.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks itself. Patients may experience joint inflammation, pain, fatigue and sometimes low grade fever.
The goals of a rheumatoid arthritis treatment are to reduce and manage inflammation, relieve pain and prevent further joint damage.
Conventional treatment includes corticosteroids, biologics and surgery.
Osteoarthritis is marked by joint stiffness, joint pain and inflammation.
Factors leading to osteoarthritis may include excess weight, genetics, injury, overuse, nutritional imbalances, toxicity and hormone dysregulation.
Typical treatments may include: weight management, NSAIDs, physical therapy and surgery.
Top things you can do to help arthritis:
- Check if you are on any long-term medications that may have side effects promoting inflammation or tissue degradation2
- Find out if you have any current infections. Infections cause inflammation to occur.
- Eat a low inflammatory diet. Eliminate all refined foods and sugars. Gluten sensitivity may contribute to arthritis. Stay gluten free to lower inflammation.
- Detoxification: Heavy metals, pesticides, plastics and other toxic compounds may add to inflammation and arthritis. These poisonous substances may collect in the joints, bones, and other tissue causing stress on your organs, glands and other tissues. By using a scientifically based elimination strategy you can lower the harmful effects of your total toxic body load.
- Get checked for high uric acid levels. Testing may be performed from a blood or saliva sample. Gout is a painful arthritis form also known as hyperuricemia.
- Get checked for parasites. Parasite infections may move through body fluids. Some parasites such as the Borrelia (Lyme) prefer to eat on collagen in joints causing inflammation and arthritic like pain.
What other therapies may be beneficial?
Holistic therapies may excel in the treatment of arthritis.
In our clinic, we recommend the use of acupuncture. Acupuncture improves the circulation of oxygen and nutrients to the cells and supports the removal of waste materials. This is an anti-inflammatory process that assists in lowering pain. Other modalities include micro-current therapy, an anti-inflammatory food plan, botanicals, supplements, detoxification, weight loss, cold laser and electro-magnetic-frequency devices.
Our 3 Tiered Arthritis Treatment Program:
- Resolve or manage inflammation, lower pain
- Detoxification diet with supplements & botanicals
- Acupuncture, Cold laser and EMF devices
Marc Bystock L.Ac.
280 Madison Avenue, 905
New York, NY