As a part of our ongoing discussion around Crohn’s disease, the Chiropractors at AICA Tucker are focusing on the effects of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), as well as the type of treatment options that currently exist.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease refers to some conditions that have recurring immune responses and chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.
The most common forms of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Neither condition is related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which is a particular disorder that complicates the muscle contractions in the colon.
IBS is considered to be far less critical than ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease because it does not result in intestinal inflammation.
In the United States, IBD is one of the most common digestive diseases and costs $1.7 billion in healthcare costs each year.
There is currently no cure for IBD, and most patients are forced to deal with lifetime’s worth of traditional medical treatment that only masks their symptoms.
One common characteristic of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease is how both conditions cause the immune system to mistake natural substances like food or bacteria with foreign invaders, which causes it to release white blood cells that attack the tissue in the intestinal lining.
It is this abnormal response that causes chronic inflammation, which leads to IBD.
Diagnosing IBD requires a physical examination of the colon, which is performed by sigmoidoscopy or a colonoscopy. Both medical procedures are used to take a biopsy of the intestinal tissues, which is carefully studied to determine the extent and degree of inflammation.
Depending on the circumstance, an X-ray may be used to determine the depth for which ulcerative colitis has become embedded within a patient.
Most patients who suffer from IBD experience a variety of uncomfortable to painful symptoms that include:
Patients with IBD also face an increased risk for colon cancer.
Traditional medical treatment for IBD tends to utilize prescription medication, invasive surgery, or both.
Being able to detect IBD in its earlier stages does allow patients to undergo less-aggressive treatment solutions such a steroid, immune modifiers, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates.
Unfortunately, IBD requires patients to make significant adjustments to their normal lifestyle and approximately 75% of all patients with Chron’s disease need surgery.
However, recent medical studies reveal a direct correlation between patients who receive regular spinal adjustments and their ability to stabilize or even prevent their symptoms from breaking out.
One particular study saw a 32-year-old female patient become completely relieved of IBD following a long series of Chiropractic Adjustments.
The reason why Chiropractic care can effectively treat IBD is that of its ability to stabilize all internal systems. When your central nervous system and your immune system can communicate with each other and function properly, your immune system can understand the difference between natural and foreign substances.
This recognition prevents your immune system from attacking your tissue cells, which prevents inflammation from taking place.
If you suffer from IBD, schedule a consultation with AICA Tucker today.
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