About 20 million Americans live with thyroid disorders. Although thyroid disorders are common, they don’t usually present obvious symptoms early on, when they’re easiest to treat. At Chiropractic Memphis Health & Wellness, with four offices in the Greater Memphis, Tennessee, area, the caring team regularly conducts total thyroid tests to diagnose and treat thyroid disorders. If you’re gaining weight or feeling irritable and don’t know why, schedule an appointment by calling the nearest office or booking online today.
Thyroid disorders are a group of ailments that occur as a result of an overactive or underactive thyroid. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck responsible for creating thyroid hormone. It plays an important role in the function of your endocrine system, which regulates many of your regular bodily functions, including appetite, libido, and heart rate.
Thyroid disorders increase your risk of other health problems and can negatively affect your quality of life. Fortunately, they’re possible to treat and manage.
Chiropractic Memphis Health & Wellness diagnosis and treats several thyroid disorders, including:
Hyperthyroidism occurs when your thyroid gland works overtime, producing excess thyroid hormone. The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is Graves’ disease, but it can also occur as a result of thyroid nodules. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include irritability, restlessness, trouble sleeping, and grogginess.
Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid gland slows down and produces too little thyroid hormone. The most common cause of this thyroid disorder is Hashimoto’s disease. Common symptoms associated with hypothyroidism include unexplained weight gain, constipation, depression, slow heart rate, and fatigue.
A goiter is a thyroid disorder that causes your thyroid gland to increase in size. It’s usually caused by iodine deficiency and affects people of all ages. Common symptoms of goiter include a feeling of tightness in the neck, difficulty swallowing, and coughing or wheezing.
Thyroid nodules are growths that occur on the thyroid itself. There are two types of thyroid nodules: cancerous nodules and benign nodules. Benign nodules usually don’t require treatment, but cancerous nodules may require radiation or chemotherapy.
To diagnose thyroid disorders, your Chiropractic Memphis Health & Wellness provider reviews your medical history, asks you about your symptoms, and conducts a physical exam. They also order free triiodothyronine (T3) or free thyroxine (T4) testing to measure the levels of triiodothyronine and thyroxine in your body. T3 and T4 hormones work together to regulate your body’s temperature, heart rate, and metabolism.
After your provider receives the results of your bloodwork from the laboratory, they develop a custom care plan that aligns with your individual needs.
If you’re concerned about your risk of thyroid disorders, schedule an appointment at Chiropractic Memphis Health & Wellness by calling or booking online today.