Lyme disease is a condition most commonly associated with black-legged tick bites. At Back to Health Chiropractic, Dr. Melani Crocker excels at helping patients in the Lebanon, MO, area recover from this disease. Our clinic also provides valuable information on the prevention of Lyme disease.
What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is an illness that is spread by ticks that are infected with a certain species of bacteria. It's notorious for causing a circular red rash that spreads around the tick bite. Other symptoms include headaches and fever. Lyme disease is an infection with the potential to spread to other parts of the body, causing serious issues including nerve damage, muscle stiffness, and joint pain. It may even become chronic. This means that it's important to treat the condition as early as possible. As the disease worsens, it causes inflammation, numbness, and potentially even heart palpitations.
Preventing Lyme Disease
Anyone can contract Lyme disease, but there are a few factors that make a person more likely to. According to data from the CDC, it's most common in the wooded areas of the northeast United States. Outdoorsy people should use precautions like bug spray before enjoying activities such as camping or hiking. Other preventative measures include spraying clothing with a solution of permethrin, checking the body for ticks following an outing, and ensuring pets are up to date on their flea and tick treatment. Anywhere ticks are common, such as wooded areas and tall grass, Lyme disease may be present too. Taking the proper precautions is key to avoiding it.
If you do find a tick attached to you, don't panic! As long as the tick is removed within the first 24 hours, contracting Lyme disease is unlikely.
Lyme Disease Treatment
Lyme disease should be treated as quickly as possible after it's identified. It's most commonly treated with antibiotics and bed rest. It may also result in lingering symptoms that require their own separate treatment plan, which may include chiropractic services. If you suspect you've got Lyme disease, reach out to Back to Health Chiropractic in Lebanon, MO, today. Dr. Crocker will be able to diagnose the condition and get you on the path back to health.
For any questions, contact our friendly team at Back to Health Chiropractic. If you believe you've contracted Lyme disease, it's best to seek treatment as soon as possible. Dr. Crocker is happy to meet with anyone in the Lebanon, MO, area for an initial consultation about their condition. Simply call (417) 532-2986 and ask to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting with you.