Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic widespread inflammatory autoimmune disease with unknown etiology. Rheumatoid arthritis is not just a joint problem (this is only one of the many areas affected), says Dr. Jason Fennema DC. In reality, all the connective tissues in the body, including muscles, nerves, tendons, etc., are all affected by rheumatoid arthritis.
The typical history for rheumatoid arthritis is usually female around 40 years of age complaining of morning stiffness and soreness in the proximal joints of the hands and feet. Usually, the patient with IL rheumatoid arthritis also experiences extended tiredness, and a generally unwell feeling. Rheumatoid arthritis starts slowly and gradually.
Rheumatoid arthritis treatment is aimed at reducing pain and discomfort, maintaining an active and productive life and preventing deformities and loss of joint function.
Your chiropractor in Chicago will perform a thorough history and examination including diagnostic radiography and laboratory work (if needed) to determine the extent and severity of your rheumatoid arthritis. Then, the chiropractor will work with you to create the appropriate treatment strategy for your specific condition.