Vasculitis the inflammation of your blood vessels. Vasculitis causes changes in the walls of your blood vessels, including thickening, weakening, narrowing and scarring. There are numerous kinds of vasculitis. Some kinds last briefly (acute) while others are ongoing lasting a long time (chronic). Vasculitis, also known as angiitis and arteritis, can become so severe that the tissues and organs supplied by the affected vessels do not give enough blood. This shortage of blood can cause organ and tissue damage, even death. Vasculitis can affect anyone. Although that is the case, some types of vasculitis are more common among certain groups. Some forms of vasculitis get better on their own, but others need treatment and therapies.
AdvaCare Clinics has an adult outpatient physical therapy wing that provides a extensive evaluation and treatment of physical disabilities related to a large range of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders, including Vasculitis. Our programs are tailored to you, which include individual therapy sessions, are created to maximize strength, endurance, mobility and function, while reducing pain.
Causes of Vasculitis
Vasculitis develops when your immune system accidently senses blood vessel cells as being foreign. The immune system proceeds to attack those cells as if they were an invader, such as a bacteria or virus. It’s not always clear why this happens, but an infection, some cancers, certain immune system disorders or an allergic reaction can be the trigger.
Blood vessels affected by vasculitis get inflamed, causes the layers of the blood vessel wall to get thicker. This narrows the blood vessels, reducing the amount of blood which means less oxygen and vital nutrients that will reach your body’s tissues. Sometimes, a blood clot can form in an affected blood vessel, making blood flow extremely difficult. Sometimes a blood vessel might get smaller, weakening it, and forming a bulge called an aneurysm. An aneurysm can potentially be life-threatening.
There are two types of Vasculitis:
Primary vasculitis: For many cases of primary vasculitis, the cause is unknown.
Secondary vasculitis: Forms of vasculitis for which an underlying disease is the cause are called secondary vasculitis.
Common causes of secondary vasculitis are:
- Immune system diseases
- Allergic reactions
- Blood cell cancers
Symptoms of Vasculitis
The signs and symptoms of vasculitis depends on which blood vessels resulting in which organ systems are affected. However, typical signs and symptoms that many people with vasculitis experience include:
- Weight loss
- Muscle and joint pain
- Loss of appetite
- Nerve problems, such as numbness or weakness
Some Conditions and Diseases associated with types of Vasculitis include:
- Behcet’s syndrome
- Buerger’s disease
- Churg-Strauss syndrome
- Giant cell arteritis
- Henoch-Schonlein purpura
- Hypersensitivity vasculitis
- Kawasaki disease
- Microscopic polyangiitis
- Polyarteritis nodosa
- Takayasu’s arteritis
- Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener’s)
Treatments for Vasculitis
Treatment typically involves resting the affected joint and protecting it from any more trauma. In numerous cases, bursitis pain subsides within a few weeks with the right treatment, but recurrent flare-ups of bursitis are very common.
AdvaCare Clinics, located in Bloomington MN , offers a rehabilitation approach that focuses on helping patients understand the condition and treatment you are experiencing. Based on the needs of the patient, our physical therapists and chiropractors will work with other members of the rehabilitation team to create a retraining program tailored to your needs to restore maximum function and mobility to the body.
The Physical Therapist or Physician will ask you about the history of the affected area. They will discuss how the condition has affected your ability to complete daily activities. The therapist will take measurements of how well you move, your strength and endurance. The therapist will ask about pain. Then, the therapist will come up with therapy goals with you and together you will decide on a plan of care.
The physical therapist may use other holistic modalities to treat Vasculitis including:
- massage therapy
- heat/ice therapy
- electrical stimulation
- Nutrition planning
- Laser Therapy
- Manual adjustments
- and many more…
As you heal and gets stronger, the therapy will focus more on being able to perform daily activities. Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about any of our therapies or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.