InflammationThe number of diseases associated with chronic inflammation is increasing exponentially. An estimated 60% of Americans deal with at least one chronic condition caused completely or in part by inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s immune response to something that is not right in the body. Typically, there is:
- Warmth/heat signaling an inflammatory response from injury or infection
- General fatigue
- Pain throughout the body
- Off feeling/not focused
- Skin changes like a rash
- Joint swelling
- Lymph node swelling
- Endocrine, heart, lung, and neurological complications
- Heart disease
- Autoimmune inflammation can manifest in rheumatological disorders like rheumatoid arthritis
Inflammation and Inflammatory ConditionsAutoimmune inflammation that presents as ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis is in a different category. This is when the body begins attacking itself. This can be triggered by a viral infection, which stimulates the immune system. This can cause:
- Joint destruction
- Ligament pain
- Soft tissue swelling
- Some conditions are hereditary
Inflammatory Spinal ConditionsInflammation can travel into the body’s spinal and neurological systems. This results in painful conditions that can affect an individual’s quality of life.
Ankylosing SpondylitisAnkylosing spondylitis usually starts in the lower back and can spread up. It is a form of arthritis that causes the vertebrae to fuse together. It can also cause inflammation in the urological and ophthalmological systems. It is believed to have a somewhat genetic connection. There is a marker called HLA B27 that is usually positive in patients and is more common in young males.
Rheumatoid ArthritisRheumatoid arthritis/RA causes inflammation in synovial joints. These produce a fluid that helps lubricate and nourish the joints. RA is found most commonly in the hands, wrists, and knees, but can also present in the spine’s facet joints that connect vertebrae. There is some genetic association but is common with smoking and obesity. It is diagnosed with lab work, like inflammation markers, rheumatoid factor, and physical examination. RA pain typically presents in the cervical spine or neck region.
Transverse Myelitis and Multiple SclerosisThese conditions are closely tied and caused by inflammation in the central nervous system/CNS. The immune system attacks the nerve cells and removes the fatty substance that insulates the nerves and helps them transmit impulses to and from the central nervous system. This causes:
- Bladder/bowel issues
Spinal Structures Affected
Extinguish Spinal InflammationCauses of inflammation can be traced back to lifestyle choices, but can also be alleviated through healthy lifestyle adjustments that turn into habits.
Nutritional Health CoachingRecommended is to avoid or decrease processed foods, trans fats, and sugar. Consider supplementing vitamin D, magnesium, and omega 3s.
Quit SmokingQuitting smoking will improve circulation and extinguish vascular inflammation.
Regular Physical Activity/ExerciseAerobic exercises improve cardiac function and circulation as well as exercises that support the spine ergonomically. Core and pelvic stabilization are necessary for lower back pain.
MedicationFor acute inflammation caused by injuries steroids and NSAIDs can help with severe pain and inflammation.
Chiropractic ExtinguisherWhen the spine and the body’s joints are in proper alignment, and the nerves are functioning at optimal levels the body’s biomechanics return to normal. This stops neuropeptides from producing and helps extinguish inflammation.
SurgeryWith the spine, surgery is not recommended as a first-line treatment unless it is an emergency or there is potential for permanent neurological damage. If medication, chiropractic, physical therapy, supplements, lifestyle changes, and/or complementary treatments like acupuncture do not help and quality of life and function are significantly impacted, then elective surgery can be considered.
Body Composition Spotlight
All-around Exercise RegimenAs individuals continue to struggle with obesity and functional fitness with age, exercise becomes more important than ever. It is crucial to combine diet and regular physical activity/exercise to lose weight, have a favorable impact on body composition and lifespan. A well-rounded exercise regimen that incorporates all types of fitness. Aerobic exercise helps maintain an elevated heart rate and helps get rid of fat-free mass. Resistance training helps to build lean muscle mass. Combining the two, with concurrent training, or utilizing a HIIT workout when there is not enough time will work wonders. Being better equipped and understanding why exercise is important for the body’s health, different types of exercise, and which ones are best suited for each individual’s needs will keep the body in top form for the long term.
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ReferencesWhat Is Inflammation?: StatPearls. (November 2020) “Chronic Inflammation” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK493173/ Types of Inflammatory Spinal Conditions: Current Opinion in Rheumatology. (January 2014) “When and Where Does Inflammation Begin in Rheumatoid Arthritis?” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4033623/
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