Inflammation is the body’s normal response to illness and infection. Inflammatory disease is when the body’s immune system attacks its own healthy tissues. Symptoms of the disease include: headaches, chills, fever, muscle stiffness, swelling, redness, joint pain, and loss of function. Inflammatory diseases can lead to chronic pain and autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
It is essential to get the disease under control before it causes long-term damage to healthy cells, tissues and organs. The DOC team of orthopedists, pain management specialists, and physical therapists will diagnose and provide treatment to reduce the risk of long-term damage. Treatment therapies and recommendations may include: anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroids, anti-inflammation diet, healthy body weight, avoid smoking and excessive alcohol, and reduce stress.