Acute Inflammation and Chronic Inflammation

I know you have heard the term “inflammation” before. What you may not know is that there are two different kinds of inflammation:  acute and chronic.

  • Acute inflammation happens when you hit your thumb with a hammer
  • Chronic inflammation happens when you eat too much sugar for a year

This Slide Presentation from Hopkins Medicine presents the difference between acute and chronic inflammation very well. The way I’d summarize it for my patients is this:

Acute inflammation hurts, chronic inflammation kills. We use a blood test to determine if our patient is experiencing acute inflammation or chronic.  We then take measures to fix it.  Acute inflammation can often be helped with an adjustment.  Chronic inflammation benefits from dietary changes.

We offer a comprehensive blood panel to assess your inflammation status.  Read more here.