Ankylosing spondylitis. Not a well-known back
pain condition you hear about all the time, but it’s a
condition that is deserving of gentle, relieving treatment by a knowledgeable chiropractor like your Vancouver
chiropractor at Vancouver Spine Care Centre. Chiropractic care of ankylosing
spondylitis (AS) is relieving for many such patients, and Cox®
Technic is a most gentle treatment approach Vancouver
ankylosing spondylitis patients value.
WHAT IS ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS?
Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic
disease altering most commonly
the spine and sacroiliac joints. Early treatment when AS is active
may assist in maintaining some flexibility in the spine and lessen
any resulting hyperkyphosis of the cervicothoracic spine
and/or rigidity of the thoracolumbar, lumbosacral and sacroiliac spine that may
result and preclude doing desired
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. Vancouver Spine Care Centre takes
care of both types with fellow healthcare colleagues to the
benefit of the AS patient.
WHAT HELPS MANAGE ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS?
Cooperation 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 diagnosing
ankylosing spondylitis. Vancouver Spine Care Centre 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 while the other 63% is diagnosed by other healthcare
providers like your Vancouver chiropractor. (1) Rheumatologists document the benefits of a new approach to try:
nanocurcumin. It’s documented that T-helper 17 cells appear at higher amounts in ankylosing spondylitis patients. Nanocurcumin
is surfacing 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 positive
for inactive ankylosing spondylitis patients in a new study. Cox®
flexion distraction was a treatment
used with 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 do activities of daily living. (3) Vancouver Spine Care Centre offers
gentle, stretching Vancouver 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 Vancouver Spine Care Centre
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Gabriel Monterrubio, a chiropractor practicing in Mexico, on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael
Johnson as he explains his care and pain
alleviating success for several ankylosing spondylitis patients - including
a diver who continues diving even now – using
Cox® Technic and exercise in the treatment plan.
Schedule a Vancouver chiropractic appointment at Vancouver Spine Care Centre
for yourself or a friend who has ankylosing spondylitis. Uncommon?
Yes. Unmanageable? No. Vancouver Spine Care Centre is here to help.