Ankylosing spondylitis is a debilitating disease that causes inflammation of the spine. A type of arthritis, people with certain genetic traits are more likely to contract ankylosing spondylitis. If left untreated, this condition can eventually result in vertebrae fusing together, forcing you to be perpetually hunched over.
In addition to losing flexibility, ankylosing spondylitis can also result in inflammation of the eyes and difficulty breathing. With proper treatment, medical professionals can counter many of the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis and help you continue living a healthy, productive life. But, it takes the right approach. That’s why Graybar Chiropractic relies on Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) plans for each of our unique North Carolina patients.
Symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis
Ankylosing spondylitis is more common in men than women; additionally, people of Asian, Caucasian and Hispanic descent are more likely to suffer from this condition. The presence of a gene called HLA-B27 is one of the most significant risk factors of the disease.
There are a number of symptoms associated with ankylosing spondylitis you should be aware of if you’re at risk. Pain and stiffness in the back of neck, the base of the spine, the cartilage between the breastbone and ribs and the hip and shoulder joints could be a sign of ankylosing spondylitis. In some cases, a severely red eye, light sensitivity and blurred vision could also indicate that you are suffering from the disease.
There are a number of complications that accompany the disease, including bone thinning, heart problems and compression fractures. Diagnosing and addressing the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis in advance can help you stave off some of the condition’s worst symptoms.
Managing ankylosing spondylitis
While there is no cure for ankylosing spondylitis, there are a number of steps you and a chiropractor can take to minimize the adverse effects of the disease.
The primary goal of a chiropractor is to reduce the amount of inflammation and reduce the pain associated with that inflammation. Additionally, the right treatment plan will try to slow the advance of the disease and prevent the fusion of vertebrae through range of motion exercises, strengthening and conditioning exercises, and ergonomic lifestyle improvements.
Many healthcare professionals will recommend and prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) to treat inflammation and pain. While these are effective at temporarily reducing pain and inflammation associated with ankylosing spondylitis, they don’t ultimately affect any health outcomes. Physical therapy and manipulation are the key to successfully treating patients with ankylosing spondylitis.
Therapy can help patients maintain their mobility and keep the joints affected by the arthritis nimble; regular, targeted exercise and motion can slow the fusion of joints and allow patients to maintain an active and independent lifestyle.
In some patients, surgery may be necessary to repair fused or deeply damaged joints and vertebrae. Hip replacement surgery and other similar measures are sometimes prescribed in patients suffering from ankylosing spondylitis.
Taking the right chiropractic approach
Graybar Chiropractic is a North Carolina spine and nerve clinic offering comprehensive, holistic care for patients suffering from all kinds of arthritis and joint-related pain. To learn more about our comprehensive Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach, or to find a clinic near you, reach out to one of our knowledgeable healthcare professionals today.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.