Arthritis and Gout
There are many different types of arthritis. The most common type of arthritis is degenerative or osteoarthritis. This is what we typically see in the older patient as the joints “wear out”. Often times osteoarthritis can be seen earlier in life due to joint problems that cause the joint to degenerate more quickly than normal. While the damage done to the joint cannot be reversed, the pain is often due to inflammation. Natural anti-inflammatories and other proven manual therapies will be used to not only alleviate pain but also the root of the problem.
Other more serious types of arthritis such as Rheumatoid, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, and others are caused by a dysfunction in the immune system which causes the body to attack its own joints. These types of arthritis often have effects on not only the joints but the internal organs as well. In these cases it is important that we treat not only the pains but the entire person. There are often nutritional, hormonal and biochemical changes that can be made to control this process.
Gout is a specific type of arthritis in which excess uric acid in the body is deposited as crystals in the joints. There may be several reasons why the body has excess uric acid or is not metabolizing it properly. We can help you through dietary changes and supplements to help correct the problem. With the body processing proteins and uric acid properly those painful achy joints will be a thing of the past.