Rheumatoid Arthritis

Newmarket Chiropractor on Rheumatoid Arthritis

newmarket chiropractor on rheumatoid arthritis

Hand severely affected with rheumatoid arthritis
Watch the video below on RA

 

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic systematic (systematic because it can affect multiple organs) inflammatory disorder, which affects various tissues and organs, but primarily attacks the flexible joints. The condition is both challenging and painful such that it can lead to a significant loss of functioning and mobility if not well treated. In other terms, it can be said to be a long-term disease that causes the inflammation of the joints and other surrounding muscles. In simple terms, it is a disease that affects all the body muscles, tendons, joints, nerves, and bones. The pathology of the disease is known to lead to the destruction of the articular cartilage and fusion of the joints. This disease has also been known to produce diffuse inflammation in lungs, the membrane surrounding the heart (pericardium), the lung’s membrane (pleura), the white of the eye and most common in subcutaneous tissues.

While the inflammation of the tissue surrounding joints and inflammatory arthritis are some of the basic features of rheumatoid arthritis, there is a possibility of the disease causing an inflammation and injury to other organs in the human body.

Newmarket Chiropractor Dr. Lemasurier treats many patients with RA

Call him at 905 478 2225 and gain from his years of experience!

 

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Many patients at our Newmarket chiropractic clinic have experienced long periods without any symptoms; meaning it can last for years without the knowledge of its existence. However, a point to note is that, the disease is a progressive illness with the potential to cause joint destruction and function disability.

Arthritis means inflammation. How these symptoms display themselves depends on the degree of tissue inflammation. When the body tissues are inflamed, the disease is active and when inflammation stops, the disease becomes inactive. During the inactive period, (also referred to as the disease is in remission) the symptoms disappear and patients feel well and when the disease flares up again the symptoms return. The disappearance of the disease is highly contributed by the administration of treatment and can last for long periods.

Many of our Newmarket chiropractor’s patients are suffering from RA. They are generally known to experience swelling, pain, stiffness and redness around and on the affected joints or the tendons, ligaments and muscles.  When the disease is active; other symptoms that a patient may experience include fatigue, general weakness (lack of energy), lack of appetite, and stiffness. Muscle and stiffness is mostly notable in the morning and after periods of inactivity.

Causes

The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is basically not known. There is a myth that does some rounds saying that physical and emotional effects or even stress can trigger a disease but this is also not yet proven. The many unproven findings may suggest that either the trigger of the disease varies or depends with the response of the immune system.

Genetics

2013-02-27_1510It is believed that the tendency to suffer from rheumatoid arthritis may be genetically inherited. Certain genes (the PTPN22 and the PAD14) have been associated with increasing the risk of RA. This makes the family history an important factor. Inheriting the PTNPN22 gene has being known to increase a person’s vulnerability to rheumatoid arthritis. While the PAD14 gene has been associated with people of Asian descent being at a higher risk compared to those of European descent.

Infectious trigger

Infectious agents such as viruses, bacteria and fungi have been suspected for long but so far none has been proven as the cause. The unproven theory suggests that an infection triggers an immune response, which leaves behinds antibodies (white blood cells) associated with that organism. Since the antibodies are not sufficiently specific, they set off an immune attack against part of the host. This is to mean, in the process of attacking an infection or an injury, the surrounding area becomes inflamed and some of the healthy tissues becomes injured. The immune system is then called upon to repair the wounded area by clotting off any bleeding vessel and initiation of fibre-like patches to the tissue. Basically, under normal conditions, the immune system has other factors that take control and limit the inflammatory process. Some of the suspected organisms that trigger RA include mycoplasma, erysipelothrix, parvovirus B19 and rubella, though none has been proven.

Watch this brief video on rheumatoid arthritis.

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

RA can make daily routine challenging, tiresome and exhausting. The good news is: there are various methods and therapies that can improve your condition compared to doing nothing at all. It is highly important to seek medical advice and treatment despite the fact that there is no known cure in existence because there is much that can be done to minimize the effects. Basically, chiropractors have an extensive knowledge in RA as all attend to various patients suffering from a wide range of degrees of arthritis. If you would like to discuss the options available with a Newmarket Chiropractor, do not hesitate to contact us at: 905 478 2225

My name is Dr. Peter Lemasurier, but patients call me Peter. I have been a chiropractor in Newmarket, Ontario virtually all of my career. I have treated many patients who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis with very positive results. Don’t hesitate to call me at 905 478 2225. I’d be happy to discuss your situation over the phone or in person at our clinic.

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