Ankylosing spondylitis. Not a well-known back
pain condition you hear about every day, but it’s a
condition that is deserving of gentle, relieving treatment by a knowledgeable chiropractor like your Brooks
chiropractor at Soft Health and Healing Clinic. Chiropractic care for ankylosing
spondylitis (AS) is helpful for many such patients, and Cox®
Technic is a most gentle treatment approach Brooks
ankylosing spondylitis patients appreciate.
WHAT IS ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS?
Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic
disease affecting most usually
the spine and sacroiliac joints. Timely treatment when AS is active
may assist in maintaining some flexibility in the spine and minimize
any subsequent hyperkyphosis of the cervicothoracic spine
and/or rigidity of the thoracolumbar, lumbosacral and sacroiliac spine that may
result and block doing favorite
activities of daily living. There are mainly
two forms: active and inactive. Active is the development phase of AS while
inactive is the post-development phase of AS. Soft Health and Healing Clinic takes
care of both types with associated healthcare colleagues to the
advantage of the AS patient.
WHAT HELPS MANAGE ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS?
Teamwork and coordination is beneficial
for patients with ankylosing spondylitis. Chiropractors, rheumatologists,
primary care physicians, physical therapists, etc., are all important
in the management of ankylosing spondylitis. The first step is identifying
ankylosing spondylitis. Soft Health and Healing Clinic is aware of the signs: back
pain with more than 1 of three features
(HLA-B27 positivity, current inflammatory back pain, or x-ray/MRI evidence of
sacroiliitis). 37% of ankylosing spondylitis is diagnosed by a rheumatologist,
and the other 63% is diagnosed by other healthcare
providers like your Brooks chiropractor. (1) Rheumatologists document the benefits of a new method to try:
nanocurcumin. It’s known that T-helper 17 cells are
found at higher amounts in ankylosing spondylitis patients. Nanocurcumin
is evolving as a new approach to control
the T-helper 17 cells as it is an anti-inflammatory compound shown to improve some clinical symptoms of ankylosing
spondylitis. (2) Combining chiropractic manipulation and
rehabilitation with care of a rheumatologist is advantageous
for inactive ankylosing spondylitis patients in a recent study. Cox®
flexion distraction was one of the chiropractic approaches to treating ankylosing spondylitis patients that helped. Patients also were instructed
to do home stretches and rehabilitation exercises. They gained
some relief of the symptoms, reduced pain and better
ability to perform activities of daily living. (3) Soft Health and Healing Clinic offers
gentle, stretching Brooks chiropractic care with Cox® Technic
spinal manipulation. It feels good to the AS spine that feels stiff and rigid. And a little good goes a long way!
CONTACT Soft Health and Healing Clinic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Gabriel Monterrubio, a chiropractor practicing in Mexico, on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael
Johnson as he tells of his care and pain
alleviating success for several ankylosing spondylitis patients - including
a diver who continues diving today – utilizing
Cox® Technic and exercise in the treatment plan.
Schedule a Brooks chiropractic appointment at Soft Health and Healing Clinic
for yourself or a loved one who has ankylosing spondylitis. Uncommon?
Yes. Unmanageable? No. Soft Health and Healing Clinic is ready and able to help.