You’ve probably never considered receiving chiropractic treatment for Lyme disease. After all, most people consider chiropractors as the doctors they call when their neck or back hurts. So, how on Earth can a chiropractor help treat chronic Lyme disease?
Unfortunately, for many years the mainstream medical community has often denied that chronic Lyme disease even exists. Thankfully, the time has come for all medical professionals to understand that chronic Lyme disease is not only a real condition, but one that any Lyme disease patient can fall victim to.
Chronic Lyme disease can masquerade as many different illnesses and disorders. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and depression are just a few of the misdiagnoses that someone with PTLDS may have to contend with on their path to uncovering the real problem. What makes the task even more daunting for some patients is that they may not even recall being bit by a tick in the first place. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 to 20 percent of all patients who are treated for Lyme disease with the recommended two to four week round of antibiotics will suffer from ongoing symptoms of Lyme disease. Although this is often referred to as “chronic Lyme disease,” the proper name for this condition is actually “Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome.” The symptoms of PTLDS include ongoing joint pain, muscle aches, flu-like symptoms and fatigue. In some instances, these symptoms can last in excess of six months after infection.
How Your Chiropractor Can Help
When dealing with chronic Lyme disease, we need to keep in mind that there are several steps necessary to treat the Borrelia bacteria that causes Lyme disease. These include:
- Addressing lifestyle changes
- Evaluating dietary needs
- Removing the toxin at its source
- Rebuilding the vitamin deficiency that’s often caused by PTLDS
- Treating any joint and muscle pain
Your chiropractic team is able to assist in all of these steps required for curing chronic Lyme disease. Your chiropractor may be able to work with you on a schedule and diet that will help alleviate your symptoms. Additionally, your chiropractic team may be able to advise you on herbs that will help detoxify your body and supplements that will alleviate your vitamin deficiency. Finally, your chiropractor is able to perform specialized treatments designed to treat pain in the joints or muscles without the use of prescription drugs or NSAIDs.
Lyme disease is often called “the great imitator,” because it’s so often misdiagnosed for other conditions that have similar symptoms. If you think that an old tick bite may be causing your fatigue and muscle aches, it’s important that you receive medical care as soon as possible so you can get your life back on track.
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