Inflammation Specialist

LifeBalance Integrative Health & Wellness

Integrative Medicine located in Palmdale, CA

Inflammation can leave you feeling tired, weak, or long-lasting pain. At LifeBalance Integrative Health & Wellness in Palmdale, California, board-certified family physician and registered dietitian Karen Marie Glover, MD, RD, uses functional medicine to address inflammation based on its root cause to restore your quality of life. Call LifeBalance Integrative Health & Wellness to learn more or schedule an appointment online today.

Inflammation Q & A

What is inflammation?

Inflammation happens when tissues in your body get injured by toxins, trauma, bacteria, or your own immune system. Damaged cells release chemicals in your body that cause swelling and other symptoms in an attempt to remove harmful stimuli. 

Inflammation can lead to chronic health problems if left untreated.

What are the symptoms of inflammation?

You don’t always experience symptoms with inflammation. If you do, symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Joint stiffness
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Decreased range of motion

Complications associated with untreated inflammation include cancer, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, kidney problems, and Alzheimer’s disease. Inflammation is also linked to depression. 

What causes inflammation?

Inflammation is caused by numerous factors, some of which are preventable or treatable. Examples include:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Poor dietary habits 
  • Certain food additives
  • Smoking or other toxin exposure
  • Alcohol 
  • Bacteria or viruses
  • Tissue injury
  • Being overweight
  • Chronic stress
  • Gum disease

While healthy lifestyle habits help reduce and prevent inflammation, you can’t always avoid it. Seeking treatment is the best way to prevent complications associated with inflammation. 

How is inflammation treated?

Dr. Glover reviews your medical history, completes an exam, and orders blood tests to determine if you suffer from inflammation. She recommends treatments using functional medicine to establish the root cause of inflammation or a chronic disease. Dr. Glover may recommend:

Medications

Taking certain medications helps reduce inflammation if natural alternatives haven’t worked in the past. Dr. Glover may recommend anti-inflammatory medications or medicines that manage a chronic disease.

Dietary changes

Because she’s a registered dietitian, Dr. Glover is uniquely qualified to create an anti-inflammatory diet customized just for you. She might recommend reducing your calorie intake, increasing fruits, vegetables, and heart-healthy fats, and eliminating fried and highly processed foods to get the inflammation under control.

Other lifestyle changes

In addition to making dietary changes, Dr. Glover might recommend other lifestyle changes to keep inflammation in check. Examples include taking herbal or other dietary supplements, sleeping more, avoiding tobacco smoke, physical therapy, and de-stressing techniques like yoga or massage.

Don’t let inflammation reduce your quality of life. Call LifeBalance Integrative Health & Wellness to schedule an appointment or book one online today.