Gout is an extremely painful form of arthritis characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness and tenderness in joints. The joint at the base of the big toe is the one most commonly affected by Gout, but it can form in any joint throughout your body.
Gout strikes between 3-5 adults per thousand and more than 95% of gout cases occur in men age 30 and older. It is estimated that over 6 million Americans suffer from gout.
Gout sufferers either produce too much uric acid or have problems excreting uric acid from their bodies. Both conditions result in an overage of uric acid which can crystallize in the joints and cause severe pain.
At Baker Chiropractic and Wellness, we have been helping patients inflicted with gout for nearly 20 years. With our safe and effective chiropractic care and guidance, we have developed an impressive history of reducing and eliminating the excruciating pain associated with gout. Please contact us by calling (513) 561-2273 or Schedule an Appointment here on our website at one of our four Cincinnati area clinic locations. We can help you escape the painful grip of gout too!
Over a period of time, abnormally high levels of uric acid in the blood form needle-like crystals that accumulate in joints and cause pain. Gout is caused by this elevated level of uric acid in the bloodstream.
Uric acid is a waste product from the normal breakdown of cells and proteins within the body. Excessive levels of uric acid can be the result of an increase in uric acid production, the inability of the kidneys to properly filter uric acid from the bloodstream or both.
When a person’s kidneys do not function normally, they are susceptible to developing gout. Diet is another leading cause. Over time, the consumption of certain foods and beverages can increase uric acid levels and precipitate gout. Obesity and hypertension are also contributors of elevated uric acid levels.
As outlined above, gout is the accumulation of uric acid crystals resulting in acute arthritis and joint inflammation. We address gout with a specific protocol which includes chiropractic adjustments, nutrition guidance and certain products and supplements.
The following is an example of the Protocol for Gout:
1. Chiropractic adjustments, care and diet as recommended by your Baker Chiropractic physician.
2. Optimal 1 Digestion – Take 2 with each meal.
3. Optimal 2 Vitamin/Mineral/Antioxidant – Take 2 in the morning and 2 at night.
4. Optimal Acute – Take 3, three times a day between meals.
5. Optimal Liver / Kidney – Take 2 in the morning and 1 at night.
6. Optimal Chronic – Take 2 in the morning and 1 at night.
7. Optimal Whole B – Take 1 Tbsp. a day.
Gout symptoms commonly include inflammation, swelling, tenderness, warmth and redness in the affected joint. Touching or moving the joint is extremely painful. The pain may be accompanied by a mild fever.
Gout forms quickly and usually impacts only one joint at a time which is often times the joint at the base of the big toe. However, it can develop in more than one joint simultaneously.
Many prescription medications can increase the uric acid levels in the body and lead to the development of gout. Examples of these medications include, but are not limited to:
• Cholesterol Medications
Medications prescribed for the treatment of gout may help relieve symptoms, but they do not address the source of the problem. At Baker Chiropractic and Wellness, we do not mask symptoms with prescription medications. We are focused on finding the root cause of a health condition. Then, developing an effective treatment plan to eliminate the pain and correct the problem.
The Baker Chiropractic and Wellness Lifestyle of Maximized Living addresses 5 Core and Essential elements of a person’s life. The care and guidance administered by our team of doctors and staff have a dramatically positive impact on a person’s overall health and wellness. It provides solutions for a wide variety of pain, ailments, disorders and diseases, not just gout.
With respect to gout, the Baker Chiropractic and Lifestyle is effective in helping treat and reverse the disease via the following:
A. Chiropractic Care: Our safe and effective chiropractic care corrects subluxations and promotes a healthy spine and nervous system. A subluxation-free body allows all your organs (including the kidneys) to function at optimum levels. Your kidneys play an essential role in removing uric acid from your body and preventing uric acid build-up.
B. Diet and Nutrition: Your daily food choices and nutritional intake are critical elements with gout. We can show you what to eat and drink, when to eat and drink and how a nutrient-rich diet is vital to battling gout as well as many other diseases, disorders and ailments. In addition and as outlined above, we can provide natural products and supplements that aide in addressing gout.
C. Exercise: Proper exercise is very important in battling gout. Exercise allows the body to maximize its oxygen intake; rid itself of harmful toxins; and create and maintain lean muscle. You don’t need to become an Olympic caliber athlete but we will show you how and when to exercise.
D. Attitude and Confidence: Your mind is a very powerful instrument. Having the right frame of mind and proper attitude is an essential part of battling any ailment, disorder or disease. The elements of a Baker Chiropractic and Wellness Lifestyle promote a healthy mind, positive outlook and new levels of confidence.
Life doesn’t have to be lived suffering from gout. Take action by giving us a call at (513) 561-2273 or Schedule an Appointment at one of our four Cincinnati area office locations.