Learn ways to fight inflammation from Summit Orthopedics expert Dane Hansen, D.O.
What is inflammation?
Inflammation is an important tool of your body’s immune system. When you are sick, or a part of your body is injured, inflammation is one of the ways your body responds. The redness and swelling that marks inflammation is an important early step in the healing process, and it helps to keep infection at bay. However, in some cases, the body responds to stress with widespread, low-grade inflammation—which can harm your health, including your joints.
“When we use the word ‘inflammation,’ we mean one of two things,” said Summit orthopedic surgeon Dane Hansen, D.O. “Acute inflammation is the localized redness and swelling that you get when you cut your finger or sprain your ankle. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, happens throughout your body. It can increase your risk of chronic disease.”
Like the fight-or-flight response, the body can react with inflammation for a variety of reasons. That’s why it’s helpful to know how we can lower our body’s inflammation levels.
How can we fight inflammation?
There are many lifestyle changes that can reduce inflammation. Here are a few simple steps you can take:
When to seek treatment for your arthritis
Arthritis doesn’t have to spell the end of an active life. If you are experiencing worrisome symptoms or persistent pain, the renowned arthritis specialists at Summit Orthopedics can help. We work with you to confirm a diagnosis and develop an appropriate conservative treatment plan. If nonsurgical treatments fail to support your lifestyle goals, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons will consult with you and discuss appropriate surgical options. Summit is home to innovative joint replacement options. Our Vadnais Heights Surgery Center is one of a select few nationally to receive The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.
Start your journey to healthier joints. Find your arthritis expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a consultation.
Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MN, Plymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.
More resources for you:
- Read Dr. Hansen’s tips for managing arthritis pain without surgery.
- What Factors Make Arthritis Worse?
- Take a look at foods that may make inflammation worse.
- Get an overview of cortisone shots.
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