What is inflammation?
Inflammation is the body’s way of protecting itself. When the body senses a threat, it releases white blood cells to the affected area and tries to fight off what ever it deems a threat. In some cases, there is no threat, and when the body releases its white blood cells to a specific area, it pools, causing pain and swelling at the site.
Symptoms of inflammation include, but not limited too:
- Swollen joint that’s sometimes warm to the touch
- Joint pain
- Joint stiffness
- Loss of joint function
How does Inflammation Effect the Body?
When the body’s immune system senses a threat, it distributes white blood cells to the threat. When releasing white blood cells, the body also releases other chemicals to help with a potential infection or foreign object. Some of these chemicals, along with white blood cells penetrate other areas and settle, causing pain, swelling and discomfort.
Most often, these chemicals and white blood cells settle in areas with constant repetitive movements such as knees, ankles, shoulders, back and so on.
When fluid builds up in the joint area, it can cause issues with the synovial fluid within the joints. This can cause irritation and a response from the body to release white blood cells to the area, only increasing the inflammation to an already irritated site. In some cases, the body can turn on itself with an autoimmune disorder, where the body attacks itself thinking there is constantly a foreign object or bacteria/virus within the body.