Ankylosing Spondylitis is often referred to as AS, it’s a chronic inflammatory disease that causes hardening ligaments resulting in fusing of the spine and other joint in the body. The fusions of the vertebras decreases a person’s overall flexibility. It is a genetic condition that commonly starts in the sacroiliac joints where the pelvis connects to the sacrum, then spreads up the spine. Ankylosing Spondylitis is considered a rare arthritis that presents with similar symptoms of osteoarthritis; however, it is not caused by repetitive wear and tear like osteoarthritis.
Males are more likely affected by this condition than females. Onset is typically between 15 to 35 years of age. During the first ten years of the disease is usually the most progressive. However, flare-ups may occur throughout ones’ lifetime. Over time, the disease may cause a forward curvature of the upper spine, known as a thoracic kyphosis.
Most Common Initial Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis Include:
Gradual, frequent buttocks and lower back pain and stiffness
Buttocks and lower back decreased range of motion, which can be improved with physical activity and moist heat
Pain is worse in the mornings and at night
Eye pain, swelling, and redness
Foot and heel pain
Pain with breathing
Bowel inflammation and bowel symptoms
Skin problems and diseases, such as psoriasis
Currently, there is no cure for Ankylosing Spondylitis. However, chiropractors work with other health care providers to manage the symptoms associated with this condition. Our chiropractors offer a variety of different treatments to help patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis that could improve mobility and reduce pain.
If you have any questioning regarding Ankylosing Spondylitis and how chiropractic can help you, then give our call our office at (504) 456-9296.