Ankylosing spondylitis. Not a well-known back
pain condition you hear about all the time, but it is a
condition that merits gentle, relieving treatment by a knowledgeable chiropractor like your Vancouver
chiropractor at Vancouver Disc Centers. Chiropractic care for ankylosing
spondylitis (AS) is relieving for many such patients, and Cox®
Technic is a very gentle treatment approach Vancouver
ankylosing spondylitis patients appreciate.
WHAT IS ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS?
Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic
disease concerning most typically
the spine and sacroiliac joints. Early treatment when AS is active
may assist in maintaining some flexibility in the spine and reduce
any resulting hyperkyphosis of the cervicothoracic spine
and/or rigidity of the thoracolumbar, lumbosacral and sacroiliac spine that may
result and block doing favorite
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. Vancouver Disc Centers 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 key
in the management of ankylosing spondylitis. The first step is identifying
ankylosing spondylitis. Vancouver Disc Centers knows the signs: back
pain with more than 1 of three features
(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 Vancouver chiropractor. (1) Rheumatologists document the benefits of a new method to try:
nanocurcumin. It’s known 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 advantageous
for inactive ankylosing spondylitis patients in a recent study. Cox®
flexion distraction was a treatment
used with ankylosing spondylitis patients that helped. Patients also were instructed
to do home stretches and rehab exercises. They gained
some relief of the symptoms, reduced pain and better
ability to perform activities of daily living. (3) Vancouver Disc Centers delivers
gentle, stretching Vancouver chiropractic care with Cox® Technic
spinal manipulation. Vancouver AS patients say it feels good to
their stiff spines. And a little good goes a long way!
CONTACT Vancouver Disc Centers
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 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 Disc Centers
for yourself or a loved one who has ankylosing spondylitis. Uncommon?
Yes. Unmanageable? No. Vancouver Disc Centers is here to help.