Chronic musculoskeletal dysfunction is a much more complicated disorder than the catch all term “arthritis” implies.
It involves a complex interaction of hormonal and neurotransmitters, oxidative-reductive hemodynamics, detoxification, inflammatory processes, immune imbalances, GI tract dysfunction, and structural integrity. It is very common- estimates are that it accounts for 1 in 7 clinic visits. Like people, it is a significant cause of pain that almost all animals confront as they age.
The conventional approach to musculoskeletal pain is to suppress it without attempting to define all the contributing factors.
A functional approach stresses the biochemical individuality of each patient by recognizing the each one will have a different constellation of contributing factors. Appropriate laboratory evaluation results in an individualized treatment plan.
By correcting imbalances in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids the patient’s perception of pain is greatly reduced. If pain is not eliminated, it can often be alleviated with herbal remedies that are much less toxic than the steroids and non-steroidals employed in conventional treatment. This usually results in better quality of life for your pet and much less inconvenience and expense for you.