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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis is an inflammatory disease causing some of the vertebrae in your spine to fuse together when it worsens. The fusing effect caused by inflammation makes the spine less flexible, resulting in a hunched-forward posture. When one’s ribs are affected, the condition may cause difficulty in breathing deeply.

Ankylosing spondylitis affects men more often than women. Inflammation also can occur in other parts of your body — most commonly, your eyes.

There is no cure for Ankylosing Spondylitis – however – Expert Physical Therapy Treatment at Spine and Sports Medicine will decrease your pain, lessen your symptoms, and help to keep your condition from worsening.

Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis

Early signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis may include pain and stiffness in your lower back and hips, especially in the morning and after long periods of inactivity. Over time, symptoms worsen at irregular intervals.

The areas most commonly affected by pain are:

  • Joint between the base of the spine and the pelvis
  • Lower back vertebrae
  • Tendons and ligaments attached to the spine
  • Tendons and ligaments attached to the back of the heel
  • Cartilage between the breastbone and ribs

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Painful red eye
  • Severe light sensitivity
  • Blurred vision

Recognize these symptoms and seek medical attention if you have low back or buttock pain developing slowly and becoming worse in the morning. Especially if this pain awakens you from your sleep in the second half of the night.

Cause of Ankylosing Spondylitis

Although not exactly identified, the cause of Ankylosing Spondylitis is thought to be genetic-related. Most people with this disease develop it in late adolescence or early adulthood. In the beginning, the only symptom is occasional lower back pain, progressing to pain throughout the night and in the morning.

Diagnosing Ankylosing Spondylitis

A correct diagnosis is imperative for physical therapy treatment to be effective. An accurate diagnosis includes:

  • A thorough medical history
  • A physical examination
  • X-rays or CT scans

Treatment for Ankylosing Spondylitis

The painful and debilitating symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis are alleviated through a Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Team Approach, including:

Physical Therapy exercise at Spine and Sports Medicine will help to ease the pain caused by Ankylosing Spondylitis. Physical Therapy is the use of exercise techniques specifically tailored to treat a pain syndrome such as Ankylosing Spondylitis.

  • Highly Specialized Exercises
  • High Tech Exercises
  • High Touch Exercises
  • Weight Resistance Exercises
  • Corrective Posture Practices
  • Hot/Cold Applications

The Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Team at Spine and Sports Medicine have the education, training, and practical experience to design individualized treatment plans unique to each patient’s needs. Effective therapeutic treatment will conserve the mobility of the joints and avoid further damage to bones, ligaments, and cartilage caused by Ankylosing Spondylitis.

Leading Provider of Ankylosing Spondylitis Diagnosis and Treatment

If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from Ankylosing Spondylitis, don’t delay seeking medical attention. You do not need an outside diagnosis and referral from a doctor to receive proper treatment for your pain at Spine and Sports Medicine.

Reach out to the Multidisciplinary Team of pain management experts at Spine and Sports Medicine by clicking below – or – call 212.986.3888.

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