Lyme Disease in Pennsylvania: What you Need to Know
By Western Berks on May 1st, 2018
Lyme Disease in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania leads the U.S. in diseases caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick or flea. Lyme disease tops the list, contributing 33,666 cases nationally in 2018, of which 10,208 came from Pennsylvania alone, according to data from the Lyme Disease Association. Because of the staggering numbers of Lyme disease cases, Western Berks Physical Therapy has expanded its professional and expert service in patient care with a growing concern for those who suffer with Lyme Disease in Pennsylvania.
Lyme Disease is an inflammatory infection caused by the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted through tick bites. In the eastern United States, Lyme is spread by the deer tick, known as the black-legged tick (lxodes scapularis.) Lyme Disease can interfere with daily activities due to the fatigue and lethargy that can occur from the disease.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease are not necessarily the same for every infected individual, however the most common early signs of the disease include flu-like symptoms and a rash. Late-stage Lyme Disease symptoms can occur weeks, months, or even years after the initial exposure.
Lyme Disease symptoms can include:
- Constant fatigue
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain or swelling
- Tingling/numbness or burning sensations
- Headaches with neck and back stiffness
- Poor balance
The staff at Western Berks Physical Therapy can teach you personalized and gentle exercises to relieve symptoms and reach increased activity levels. In addition, a customized diet plan from our Nutrition and Wellness consultant can be coordinated that may aid Lyme patients by steering them toward energy-boosting meals and snacks.
Our team effort is a vital part of the recovery process to return each and every patient back to an active, pain-free lifestyle. All treatments are customized to each individual to ensure optimal treatment results as no two patients are identical. Working with your physical therapist to set obtainable goals will boost your confidence and drive. Call Western Berks Physical Therapy today to schedule an evaluation. We will set up a treatment plan to manage and relieve your Lyme Disease symptoms.