Ankylosing spondylitis. Not a well-known back
pain condition you hear about every day, but it is one that is deserving of gentle, relieving treatment by a knowledgeable chiropractor like your Sitka
chiropractor at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka. Chiropractic care for ankylosing
spondylitis (AS) is helpful for many such patients, and Cox®
Technic is a very gentle treatment approach Sitka
ankylosing spondylitis patients value.
WHAT IS ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS?
Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic
disease altering most typically
the spine and sacroiliac joints. Timely 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 block doing desired
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. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka takes
care of both types with associated 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 important
in the management of ankylosing spondylitis. The first step is recognizing
ankylosing spondylitis. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is aware of the signs: back
pain with more than 1 of 3 features
(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 Sitka chiropractor. (1) Rheumatologists document the benefits of a new approach to try:
nanocurcumin. It is documented that T-helper 17 cells appear 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 described as
improving some clinical symptoms of ankylosing
spondylitis. (2) Mixing chiropractic manipulation and
rehabilitation with care of a rheumatologist is beneficial
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 improved
ability to perform activities of daily living. (3) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka delivers
gentle, stretching Sitka 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 Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka
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 relieving success for several ankylosing spondylitis patients - including
a diver who keeps diving today – utilizing
Cox® Technic and exercise in the treatment plan.
Schedule a Sitka chiropractic appointment at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka
for yourself or a friend who has ankylosing spondylitis. Uncommon?
Yes. Unmanageable? No. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is here to help.