What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a very common problem of inflammation of the joints. It affects both children and adults but is more common as people get older. There are many causes of arthritis such as injury, abnormal metabolism, genetic makeup, infections, and immune system dysfunction. There are about 100 different types with many related conditions. Osteoarthritis being the most common type. Arthritis occurs when the cartilage (cushioning connective tissue) in our joints become thin and wear away, bone rubs against bone which then causes the symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Symptoms may come and go and can be mild, moderate or severe. The symptoms could stay the same for years, but may progress or get worse over time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to move around. It may greatly affect one’s quality of life. Conventional treatment and management involves medications, physical therapies, patient education and support, surgeries, and many alternative treatments with an assortment of claims.
Role of Functional Medicine in Arthritis
A functional approach recognizes that the immune system is in charge of both inflammation and anti-inflammation processes. Functional medicine exposes the root cause of the confused immune system and when we treat this, the body can realign the natural immune response. The body has the ability to heal itself and it all starts with an initial examination, comprehensive neurologic and metabolic exam with necessary tests.
Functional medicine treatment plan promotes healing and improvement of cell functions through personalized nutrition plan, certain physiotherapy activities applicable to the patient’s specific condition and promising new treatments such as G-Factor and NAD.
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