Steve from Charleston asks: Is an elevated CK a sign of inflammation?
CK, or Creatine Kinase, is an enzyme released by muscle in the body. When the muscle is being damaged, the amount of CK released increases. Some people always have a higher than normal CK, which may be fine for them. Some people have their CK rise after vigorous exercise, which for most individuals, is not a significant concern. CK can increase in diseases which cause inflammation in the muscle, but it is not a specific sign for inflammation. Rather, it only suggests something is happening the muscle, but not specifically what.
Posted: November 19, 2017