Arthritic conditions are becoming far more common as the population ages and chronic diseases increase in prevalence. In fact it is estimated that over 3 million Australians are affected by arthritis.
At present, there are over 150 types of recognised arthritic conditions associated with different causes and symptoms.
The most common types of arthritis such as Rheumatoid arthritis are driven by autoimmune processes, or by age and use-related wear-and-tear on joints, eg. Osteoarthritis.
One thing all types of arthritis have in common however, is inflammation. Chronic inflammatory processes drive joint tissue destruction and are a major cause of arthritic pain.
Emed’s Arthritic Profile assesses the level of inflammation in your body in addition to other arthritic markers to determine the most effective treatment strategy for you.
This will include pain management and reduction of inflammation through dietary and lifestyle changes as well as with natural supplements when necessary.
If you want freedom from chronic pain and medication side effects, as well as an improved sense of health and mobility, the Emed Arthritic Profile is an essential first step on your way back to wellness.
Emed’s Arthritic Profile includes testing for the following inflammatory disease markers:
C-Reactive Protein – CRP is a measure of the level of inflammation in the body. It is often used to help evaluate and monitor acute and chronic inflammatory conditions.
Used in conjunction with the other inflammatory markers in the Arthritic Profile, CRP levels will help to direct your Practitioner to the most appropriate supplements and treatment plan for you.
Please note, some medications may affect CRP levels, so speak to your healthcare practitioner about further recommendations prior to testing.
Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate – Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) is another measure used to asses non-specific inflammation in the body. ESR refers to the rate at which red blood cells fall to the bottom of a tube over time, and an increased sedimentation rate is indicative of higher inflammation levels.
ESR rises and falls more slowly that CRP, so it is more likely to be associated with chronic inflammatory states and may take longer to be affected by treatment.
Rheumatoid Factor – Rheumatoid factor (RF) is a type of autoantibody, a class of proteins that become elevated in states of acute and chronic inflammation.
Antibodies are naturally formed in the body in response to threats to the immune system, such as bacteria or viruses. However autoantibodies such as RF attack one’s own proteins rather than foreign protein.
Rheumatoid factor is closely linked with Rheumatoid arthritis, and is often used as part of a diagnostic blood screening for Rheumatoid arthritis as well as to monitor the level of inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis over time.
Full Blood Evaluation – Full Blood Evaluations (FBE) provide important information about an individual’s general state of health by measuring the type and quantity of cells in the blood, including white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets.
Abnormalities in any of these types of cells can indicate the presence of certain health conditions, including anaemia, infection, inflammation and more. This test can also be used to monitor health and treatment progress.
Why Get Tested Through Emed?
Firstly, you will save yourself the time and hassle of having to go and wait at your GP’s clinic for an appointment.
The Qualified Emed team is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the Arthritic Profile, and will send you your test referral directly.
All you need to do then is go to your nearest collection centre to have your sample taken for testing – we will even tell you where this is!
When we receive your results, we look at what your levels are, and what they should be for optimal health. We don’t just look at standard references ranges given by test labs, which is how blood tests are often interpreted.
The results of your tests in conjunction with your health history and presenting complaints may also indicate the need for further testing to assess the whole picture of your health.
The Testing Process
Once you have purchased your test, an Emed Integrative Medicine Practitioner will contact you with details of your nearest Healthscope collection centre for you to have your blood sample taken.
Please Note – This test profile can only be used by people with access to Healthscope Collection Centres (Australia wide), as blood samples need to be drawn.
To find out where your nearest Healthscope Collection Centre is, click here.
Once your results have been processed, your Emed Practitioner will analyse the test results for you and provide an easy-to-understand but comprehensive manual and report.
The comprehensive manual will show you:
- What your level of CRP, RF and ESR are, and what they should be
- If there are any abnormalities or sub-optimal results in your FBE (Full Blood Evaluation)
- What is the best strategy to manage your musculoskeletal symptoms and slow the progress of arthritic disease
- How the different foods in your diet may be affecting your results and symptoms
- Which exact natural medicines are right for you based on your individual results
- What dosages and time to take your natural medicines
- Dietary and lifestyle suggestions and information to promote optimal health
- Ongoing online support from Dr. Hooper and The Emed Team to help you implement the dietary and lifestyle changes and get the best results from the Test
What Does The Cost Cover
The website cost for the Arthritis Profile covers the test referral, the test itself, processing of all information and interpretation and collation of final results into your personalised comprehensive report.