First recognized by the medical profession in 1975, Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by deer ticks. Medical researchers discovered an unusually number of children in Lyme, Connecticut – and neighboring communities – suffering from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. These children lived in or near wooded areas habited by ticks. Most of the symptoms began in the summer months – the height of the deer tick season. Ordinary wood ticks and dog ticks do not carry the bacterium.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease
After being bitten by a tick, patients reported recalling the time of the bite. At the site of the bite, a peculiar skin rash developed before the onset of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
- Muscle pain
- Stiff neck
The beginning stages of Lyme disease generally yield mild symptoms – however – if left untreated the condition may spread to the heart, brain, and joints.
Untreated, later stages of Lyme disease can cause:
- Muscle pain
- Muscle weakness
- Abnormal muscle movement
- Speech impediments
- Nerve damage
- Memory disorders
In addition to causing rheumatoid arthritis pain, the infection has been found to cause heart, brain, and nerve problems.
Tiny ticks infected with a spiral-shaped bacterium or spirochete – Borrelia burgdorferi – are responsible for Lyme arthritis and have been found in animals other than deer.
- White-footed mice
Lyme disease carrier ticks are also located in New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Northern California.
Physical Therapy Treatment for Lyme Disease
If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from the symptoms rheumatoid arthritis associated with Lyme disease, the Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Team can accurately diagnose your condition and treat its symptoms effectively. Most people suffering from Lyme disease recover completely with appropriate antibiotic treatment and physical therapy care.
The goal of every physical therapy treatment plan is to keep patients moving through highly specialized exercises designed to stimulate:
Through effective physical therapy, patients suffering from Lyme disease – and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms – will experience:
- Decreased arthritic pain
- Increased strength
- Increased mobility
- Increased flexibility
Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Treatment for Lyme Disease Symptoms
In addition to physical therapy, heat and ice applications can reduce arthritis symptoms afflicting painful joints.
At Spine and Sports Medicine, a multidisciplinary approach is implemented to treat the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis caused by Lyme disease.
Medical Insurance Coverage for Lyme Disease Treatment
At Spine and Sports Medicine, there is no requirement for you to obtain an outside primary physician referral to have the cost of your treatment covered by your insurance plan. Most insurance plans cover the cost of treating rheumatoid arthritis symptoms caused by Lyme disease. Our insurance experts will help you to determine your coverage and assist in processing your claims.
Marquee Physical Therapy Treatment
If you have been diagnosed with Lyme disease, discover effective rheumatoid arthritis pain relief provided by a multidisciplinary therapeutic practice in one convenient Midtown Manhattan location – at Madison Avenue and 40th Street.
Reach out to the multidisciplinary team of pain management experts at Spine and Sports Medicine by clicking below – or – call 212.986.3888.