Autoimmune & Inflammatory

At Oak Health, we understand the complexities and challenges of living with autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. These disorders occur when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own tissues, leading to a wide range of symptoms and health issues. Our approach to managing these conditions is rooted in Functional Medicine, which aims to identify and address the root causes of disease. In some cases, Chiropractic Care or Functional Neurology may also be beneficial, depending on the specific needs of the patient.

Functional Medicine involves a comprehensive evaluation of various factors, including genetics, environment, and lifestyle, to develop a personalized treatment plan. This plan may include dietary modifications, nutritional supplementation, stress management strategies, and other lifestyle changes to help manage and mitigate the symptoms of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions.

Autoimmune & Inflammatory Conditions Treated

Oak Health offers specialized care for a range of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, using a Functional Medicine approach to address each patient’s unique needs. Here are some of the common conditions we treat:

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that primarily affects the joints. It causes chronic inflammation, joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. In addition to joint symptoms, it can also affect other organs in the body. Treatment includes medications to reduce inflammation, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications.

Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that can affect multiple organs and tissues, including the skin, joints, kidneys, and more. Symptoms vary widely and may include joint pain, skin rashes, fatigue, and organ involvement. Treatment aims to manage symptoms and may involve medications and lifestyle adjustments.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. It can lead to a wide range of neurological symptoms, such as muscle weakness, coordination problems, and fatigue. Treatment focuses on managing symptoms, reducing relapses, and slowing disease progression through medications and therapies.

Psoriasis is a skin condition characterized by red, scaly patches. Psoriatic arthritis is a related autoimmune condition that causes joint pain and swelling in individuals with psoriasis. Treatment includes topical medications for skin symptoms and medications to manage joint inflammation.

IBD comprises chronic inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are two common forms. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and fatigue. Treatment aims to reduce inflammation and may involve medications, dietary changes, and surgery in severe cases.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. This leads to high blood sugar levels and requires lifelong insulin replacement therapy and blood sugar monitoring.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid gland. It leads to an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) and can cause symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, and cold intolerance. Treatment involves thyroid hormone replacement.

Graves’ disease is another autoimmune thyroid disorder but leads to an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). Symptoms include weight loss, rapid heart rate, and anxiety. Treatment options include medications, radioactive iodine therapy, and surgery.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition triggered by gluten consumption. It damages the small intestine and can cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, and nutrient deficiencies. Treatment involves a strict gluten-free diet.

Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that primarily affects the glands that produce saliva and tears. It leads to dry mouth and dry eyes, along with joint pain and fatigue. Treatment focuses on symptom relief and may include medications.

Ankylosing spondylitis is an autoimmune condition that primarily affects the spine and sacroiliac joints, causing stiffness and pain. It may also involve other joints and organs. Treatment includes medications, physical therapy, and exercise.

Vasculitis refers to a group of autoimmune diseases that cause inflammation of blood vessels. Symptoms depend on the affected vessels and may include skin rashes, joint pain, and organ damage. Treatment aims to reduce inflammation and may involve immunosuppressive medications.

Dermatomyositis is an autoimmune disease that primarily affects muscles and skin. It leads to muscle weakness and skin rashes. Treatment includes medications to manage inflammation and physical therapy.

Scleroderma is an autoimmune disorder that results in the hardening and tightening of skin and connective tissues. It can also affect internal organs. Treatment focuses on symptom management and may include medications and physical therapy.

Autoimmune hepatitis is an autoimmune liver disease that leads to inflammation and damage of the liver. Symptoms may include jaundice, fatigue, and abdominal discomfort. Treatment involves immunosuppressive medications.

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that causes muscle weakness and fatigue. It can affect various muscles, including those involved in breathing. Treatment includes medications to improve muscle function and may include surgery in some cases.

Our goal at Oak Health is to provide comprehensive care and education to help you understand and manage your autoimmune or inflammatory condition effectively.

Potential Signs and General Care

Identifying Potential Signs

Awareness of the potential signs of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions is crucial for early detection and effective management. These conditions can manifest in various ways, and while symptoms vary depending on the specific disease, some common indicators include:

  • Experiencing joint pain and swelling, which are common signs in conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis.
  • Noticing skin rashes or lesions, which can be indicative of diseases such as Psoriasis, Lupus, and Dermatomyositis.
  • Having digestive issues like abdominal pain and irregular bowel movements, often associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
  • Feeling persistent fatigue and a general sense of malaise, commonly reported across many autoimmune disorders.
  • Observing muscle weakness or pain, which might suggest conditions like Myasthenia Gravis or Polymyositis.
  • Experiencing thyroid dysfunction symptoms such as weight changes, temperature sensitivity, and fluctuations in energy levels, which are typical in disorders like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Graves’ Disease.

General Care

Managing autoimmune and inflammatory conditions typically involves a comprehensive approach that includes lifestyle changes and supportive therapies. Here are some general care strategies:

  • Adopt an Anti-inflammatory Diet: Consuming a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods and avoiding known allergens can be beneficial.
  • Engage in Regular, Gentle Exercise: This helps maintain joint and muscle health and supports overall well-being.
  • Implement Stress-Reduction Techniques: Managing stress through mindfulness, yoga, or meditation can positively impact these conditions.
  • Prioritize Quality Sleep: Good sleep hygiene is essential for managing symptoms and improving overall health.
  • Avoid Smoking and Limit Alcohol Consumption: Both can exacerbate symptoms and should be avoided or moderated.
  • Regular Health Monitoring: Keeping up with medical appointments is crucial for tracking the progress of the condition and adjusting treatment plans as needed.

At Oak Health, our approach, primarily based on Functional Medicine and potentially supplemented by Chiropractic Care or Functional Neurology, is tailored to each patient’s specific condition and lifestyle. Our focus is on identifying and addressing the underlying causes of symptoms to provide effective, personalized care.

⚠️Emergency Medical Attention Disclaimer⚠️

If you are experiencing severe symptoms such as loss of consciousness, severe bleeding, difficulty breathing, chest pain, or any symptoms that feel life-threatening, it is crucial to seek immediate emergency medical attention. Our office specializes in non-emergency treatments. For urgent and severe medical conditions, please visit an Emergency Room (ER) or call emergency services.

Oak Health’s Approach to Autoimmune & Inflammatory Conditions

At Oak Health, our treatment approach to autoimmune and inflammatory conditions is primarily based on Functional Medicine, with the potential inclusion of Chiropractic Care or Functional Neurology when beneficial. We focus on a comprehensive strategy that addresses both the symptoms and the underlying causes of these conditions.

At Oak Health, we are committed to providing comprehensive, compassionate care that aligns with each patient’s individual needs. Whether through Functional Medicine, Chiropractic Care, Functional Neurology, or a combination of these, our goal is to help each patient achieve improved health and an enhanced quality of life while living with an autoimmune or inflammatory condition.

Frequently Asked Questions

To assist in your understanding and management of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, Oak Health has compiled a list of frequently asked questions, providing insights and guidance based on our expertise in Functional Medicine, Chiropractic Care, and Functional Neurology:

For any additional questions or to discuss specific concerns, feel free to contact us at Oak Health. We are dedicated to providing you with the necessary information and care to effectively manage your autoimmune or inflammatory condition.

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