The first week of December is acknowledged as “national Crohn’s Disease Awareness” week and is meant to bring attention to a condition that affects over 700,000 Americans.
Named after the doctor who identified the disease, Dr. Burrill B. Crohn, Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel condition affecting the gastrointestinal tract.
The most commonly affected age group is between the ages of 15 and 35 years old.
Currently, there is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but the Chiropractors at AICA Tucker can provide viable options for treating the painful and uncomfortable symptoms.
Usually, Crohn’s causes inflammation of the lining of the bowel tissues, specifically at the beginning of the colon and the end of the small intestine (called the ileum). This inflammation can be extremely painful resulting in abdominal pain, malnutrition, severe and persistent diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss.
While a cure for Crohn’s disease is unknown, there are several methods of treatment. The most typical course of therapy involves drug therapy and, in some cases, surgery. As chiropractors, we suggest conservative, non-invasive forms of treatment first, whenever possible.
Multiple cross-sectional surveys have shown that 51 percent of patients with inflammatory bowel disease use complementary medicine for combatting their illness. These studies are indicative of an increase in people seeking out alternative treatment options.
A 2007 study on Crohn’s disease patients found that 12 of the 17 participants who received chiropractic care “showed long-term and stable remission of their symptoms.” They also concluded that “vertebral subluxation is a common and characteristic finding in patients with allergies and Crohn’s disease.”
A 2003 case study by Dr. Charles L. Blum reports that a 32-year-old female patient suffering from inflammatory bowel disease was relieved of this painful condition following chiropractic care.
Known for their anti-inflammatory properties, omega-3 fatty acids may play a constructive role in treating the symptoms of Crohn’s disease. A 1996 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that Crohn’s sufferers taking fish oil supplements were twice as likely to remain in remission as those who received a placebo.
If you suffer from Crohn’s Disease, schedule a consultation with our Tucker office to learn more about what types of treatment solutions are right for you.
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