What causes arthritis?

Most people who live in beautiful Redmond, Oregon enjoy spending free time amongst the world-class backdrop of the various mountain ranges and rivers that make Central Oregon a gem.

Those who enjoy the outdoors want to be active doing the activities they love rather than sitting on the sidelines in pain. Arthritis is a term used to describe more than 100 conditions that cause inflammation in a person’s joints. Common symptoms of arthritis include joint swelling, stiffness, pain in addition to reduced joint mobility. As there are numerous types of arthritis, there are an equal number of causes.

Common forms of arthritic pain that our Naturopath, Chiropractor and massage therapists see include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, bursitis, tendinitis, carpal tunnel, lupus, and gout to name just a few. The thing that all forms of arthritis have in common is inflammation in joints. Decreasing inflammation and improving joint mobility through Naturopathic, Chiropractic and massage is the goal in arthritis treatment.

How we treat arthritis?

Dr. Katie Mercer has a unique approach to treating arthritis. First and foremost, if there is an underlying condition that is causing arthritic damage, that condition needs to be identified and treated appropriately. Typically x-rays and bloodwork can assist in the diagnostic process. Once we know the type of arthritis a person has, the inflammatory process needs to be controlled. Inflammation is successfully treated through dietary changes and anti-inflammatory supplements or medications.

What does an appointment look like?

Although arthritis pain can have a devastating effect on a person’s quality of life, there are numerous natural treatment that are both safe and effective. Dr. Katie Mercer, Naturopathic Doctor in Redmond, OR is well versed in treating all forms of arthritis. She tailors each person’s treatment plan specifically for their needs, incorporating dietary and lifestyle modifications, nutritional supplements, prescription medications, referrals to chiropractic care and massage therapy in addition to other therapies as needed.

Call 541-516-1045 today to start your journey to a pain-free life!

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