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Lupus (SLE)

Lupus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that can affect virtually any system in the body. It’s a kind of ’self-allergy’ where the body attacks its own cells and tissues, causing inflammation, pain, and possible organ damage. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart, and lungs.
The effects of lupus can vary greatly from person to person. For many people it represents little more than a nuisance condition, but for some the disease is very troublesome. This uncertainty presents a challenge for both the patient and the doctors who are trying to help.
There are two main forms of lupus. One form is called discoid lupus. This form affects only the skin. The other form, systemic lupus, involves the skin and joints and may involve internal organs such as the heart or kidney as well. The full name of this is systemic lupus erythematosus.


Chiropractic


Chiropractic is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or adjustment (World Federation of Chiropractic, 1999).
Chiropractors take an integrated and holistic approach to the health needs of their patients, considering physical, psychological and social factors. They provide care and support by reducing pain and disability and by restoring normal function to people with neuro-musculoskeletal disorders.
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Lupus occurs more frequently in women than men, although the reasons for this are unknown.
It is more common in Africans and Caribbeans than Asians, and more common in Asians than in white people.
Only about 1 in 15 cases begin after the age of 50 and it very rarely develops after the age of 60.
 
 

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