Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the human immune system malfunctions and attacks its own normal, healthy tissue. When this happens, inflammation, pain, and damage occur in various parts and systems of the body including joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart, and lungs. Almost everyone with lupus has some degree of pain and swelling in their joints. A person with lupus will experience periods of flare-ups with worsened symptoms and periods of remission with lessened symptoms over the course of his or her life. There are four main types of lupus—systemic, discoid, drug-induced, and neonatal—but there are many more categorizations out there. At least 1.5 million Americans live with lupus, with more than 16,000 new cases being reported annually across the country.
Symptoms of Lupus
Although these symptoms differ from person to person and tend to come and go, they include:
- Pain and swelling in joints, most commonly the fingers, hands, wrists, and knees
- Chest pain with deep breaths
- Fever without other cause
- General malaise (feeling ill)
- Hair loss
- Mouth sores
- Sensitivity to light
- Skin rash (in some called a “butterfly” rash)
- Swollen lymph nodes
Treatment for Lupus
We use the following approaches to relieve symptoms of lupus
- ASTR® Tools: Our doctors use a variety of ASTR® tools to release scar tissue and myofascial restriction, which can decrease mobility and flexibility.
- Special exercise program to decrease pain, strengthen the muscles, stabilize and help the patient to return to normal function and activities.
- Special instructions on how to speed up the recovery time.
- Cold Laser Therapy: Tissue inflammation is common with lupus. Cold laser is used in order to decrease inflammation that causes pressure on the affected area.