Ankylosing spondylitis. Not a well-known back
pain condition you hear about all the time, but it is a
condition that is deserving of gentle, relieving treatment by an
experienced chiropractor like your Williamson
chiropractor at Apple Country Chiropractic. Chiropractic care of ankylosing
spondylitis (AS) is helpful for many such patients, and Cox®
Technic is a very gentle treatment approach Williamson
ankylosing spondylitis patients appreciate.
WHAT IS ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS?
Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic
disease affecting most commonly
the spine and sacroiliac joints. Timely treatment when AS is active
may assist in maintaining some flexibility in the spine and minimize
any resulting hyperkyphosis of the cervicothoracic spine
and/or rigidity of the thoracolumbar, lumbosacral and sacroiliac spine that may
result and preclude doing required
activities of daily living. There are primarily
two forms: active and inactive. Active is the development phase of AS while
inactive is the post-development phase of AS. Apple Country Chiropractic manages both types with fellow healthcare colleagues to the
benefit 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 key
in the management of ankylosing spondylitis. The first step is recognizing
ankylosing spondylitis. Apple Country Chiropractic is aware of the signs: back
pain with more than 1 of 3 attributes
(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 practitioners like your Williamson chiropractor. (1) Rheumatologists report
on the benefits of a new approach to try:
nanocurcumin. It is documented that T-helper 17 cells are
found at higher amounts in ankylosing spondylitis patients. Nanocurcumin
is surfacing as a new way to contain
the T-helper 17 cells as it is an anti-inflammatory compound described as
improving some clinical symptoms of ankylosing
spondylitis. (2) Combining chiropractic manipulation and
rehabilitation with care of a rheumatologist is positive
for inactive ankylosing spondylitis patients in a recent study. Cox®
flexion distraction was one of the chiropractic treatments used
with ankylosing spondylitis patients that helped. Patients also were instructed
to do home stretches and rehab exercises. They experienced
some relief of the symptoms, decreased pain and improved
ability to do activities of daily living. (3) Apple Country Chiropractic offers
gentle, stretching Williamson 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 Apple Country Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Gabriel Monterrubio, a chiropractor practicing in Mexico, on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael
Johnson as he describes his care and relieving success for several ankylosing spondylitis patients - including
a diver who keeps diving today – using
Cox® Technic and exercise in the treatment plan.
Schedule a Williamson chiropractic appointment at Apple Country Chiropractic
for yourself or a friend who has ankylosing spondylitis. Uncommon?
Yes. Unmanageable? No. Apple Country Chiropractic is here to help.