Kidney disease encompasses any condition involving your kidneys that causes reduced kidney function or damage to the kidney. The kidneys’ function is to filter wastes from your blood and excrete them in your urine. They are able to do this by by sensing imbalances within your blood and controlling what should be retained and what should not. When kidney disease it at its advanced stage, fluids, electrolytes, and wastes in your body can reach dangerous levels.
Kidney problems are a growing phenomenon. In the last ten years, kidney diseases have increased by 16 percent. Data shows that one in three Americans is at risk of having kidney disease. Records also indicate that up to two million people in the U.S. may have chronic kidney disease, some being undiagnosed. Chronic kidney disease develops gradually and may not have apparent symptoms until your kidney function is impaired significantly. Because of this, 80 to 90 percent of all cases of chronic kidney disease may likely go unrecognized. One in three people have increased risk of being afflicted with this disease in the future.
Kidney infection is a common kidney condition. It is a type of urinary tract infection that develops in your bladder and ends up in your kidney after travelling up the urinary tract. Many people deal with recurring kidney infections for a long time in their lives. They usually try to treat them using antibiotics and prescription medications, but are unsuccessful in finding long-term relief.
Treatment of Kidney Diseases
Some kidney diseases can be treated, depending on their underlying cause. However, kidney damage may continue to progress despite being able to control the underlying cause, such as hypertension symptoms. Often, chronic kidney disease does not have a cure. Conventional medical treatment for chronic kidney disease is focused on slowing the progress of kidney damage and on measures to control the symptoms. Treatments for kidney diseases include:
- Medications to control high blood pressure – A complication with kidney disease is increasing blood pressure.
- Medications to control cholesterol levels – Patients with chronic kidney disease usually have high bad cholesterol levels.
- Medications for anemia – These medications may relieve fatigue as well as weakness from anemia, another complication of chronic kidney disease.
- Anti-swelling medications – The swelling in the legs of patients with chronic kidney disease is from fluid retention in their bodies.
- Bone-strengthening medications – Your doctor may advice calcium and vitamin D intake against the weakening of your bones and to prevent fracture.
- Low protein diet – This is to avoid extra waste products from foods rich in protein that go into your blood, and which, your kidneys need to filter.
- End-stage kidney disease treatments – You may require treatment for end-stage kidney disease if the damage to your kidneys become so severe. Dialysis and kidney transplant are the last treatment options in this serious stage of the kidney disease.
Chiropractic Care for Kidney Problems
The primary focus of all chiropractic care professionals is the health of the central nervous system. Chiropractors are educated and trained in the diagnosis and treatment of problems or abnormalities with the nerves in the human body. When your nervous system is strong and healthy, all the systems of your body are functioning properly.
An abnormality called subluxation can significantly impair or cause damage to the nerves that are linked to and that control your kidneys, bladder and urinary tract. The experienced doctor of chiropractic is able to accurately identify and correct subluxations, which can restore your nerves’ health and the normal functions of these organs. A healthy nervous system also boosts the effectiveness of the immune system of your body. An optimized immune system helps fight and prevent infections.
An equally helpful service a chiropractor provides to patients is advice and guidance on the patients’ nutrition and lifestyle. Healthy diet and lifestyle, including exercise are all important aspects of addressing kidney problems.
All the chiropractic care activities in the treatment of the kidney problems are done without the use of over-the-counter or prescription medications and antibiotics and invasive procedure. All the techniques that the chiropractor employs are natural, safe and most importantly, effective.