Chiropractic Care for Ankylosing Spondylitis

What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Ankylosing Spondylitis is an inflammatory arthritis which affects the spine and large joints and is also known as Bechterew’s Disease. The condition is more common among men and usually begins in early adulthood. Ankylosing spondylitis is considered to be a chronic disease if it lasts longer than 3 months.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis Symptoms:

  • Arthritis
  • Fatigue
  • Hunched back
  • Inflamed Tendons
  • Physical Deformity
  • Sleep Disorder
  • Bone tissue formation
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease

People may also experience pain in the following areas:

  • Neck/Shoulder
  • Eyes
  • Heel
  • Hip
  • Ankle
  • Joints
  • Lower Back
  • Middle Back

Treatmenting Ankylosing Spondylitis:

There is no specific cure for ankylosing spondylitis. But treatments may decrease symptoms. Suggested treatments are:

Physical Exercise: 20-30 minutes of aerobic activity for 5 days a week helps to improve physical function and maintain cardiovascular health while recovering.

Stretching: Stretching exercises can improve flexibility and improve physical function.

Physical Therapy: Physical therapy helps to restore muscle strength and function through exercise.

Non-steroidal anti-Inflammatory drugs: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs helps to relieve pain, decrease inflammation and reduce fever.

Immuno Suppressive Drug: Reduces the immune response.

Anti-Inflammatory: Helps to prevent or counteracts swelling (inflammation) in joints and tissues.

Steroid: Steroids help to modify and simulates hormonal effects, often to reduce inflammation or for tissue growth and repair.

Chiropractic: Non-surgical treatment that helps relax your muscles and reduce pain.

Orthopaedic Surgeon: Performs surgery for conditions affecting bones and muscles.

Rheumatologist: Specialises in arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Restores function and quality of life to those with physical disabilities.

Chiropractic Care for Ankylosing Spondylitis:

Chiropractic Care for Ankylosing Spondylitis is different than normal chiropractic care due to the possible aggressive inflammation.
Range of movement, stretching and exercise are the key to maintaining flexibility. If you do not get a proper stretch, exercise or have an experienced chiropractor ensure you are getting the proper and full range of motion your body could remain frozen in the hunched over position due to this disease.

Don’t let this happen to you.

Contact Dickson Chiropractic today and talk with Dr. Scott Jutte about how you can still maintain some flexibility with this possibly chronic disease.

Call 615-375-8423 today.

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