Are you ever grateful for your spine, its uprightness,
its support, its design? If you don’t think about it, you’re not alone. Like so
many things in our daily Watertown lives, we take our spines for
granted…until there is pain or difficulty. True? True.
Well, the spine’s uprightness allows us humans to wander
around our Watertown worlds with ease: eyes forward, head up, feet one
step in front of the other. The gentle curves balance us well. Normal. This
normal state is how most Watertown folks exist thankfully. On
the other hand, a few Watertown people find themselves with back
pain conditions that are not normal and actually cause pain. One
such condition is ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a condition Watertown Wellness Center
finds to be quite responsive to Watertown chiropractic care. But
first, more about AS and the latest findings.
Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory rheumatic
mainly affecting the axial skeleton. Inflammation of the spine
strong genetic association with the HLA-B27 antigen is documented. (1)
the spine rigid and inflexible over time. The bones actually fuse together
making the spine curve forward and walking difficult. Moreover, a spine with AS
may develop osteoporosis which increases the risk of spinal fracture. (2)
Your Watertown back pain specialist
at Watertown Wellness Center is well aware of osteoporosis
, its fracture risk
and management, and can manage this added layer of risk due to AS as well.
Now, medical literature points out that AS patients have
a 5-fold higher risk of clinical spine fracture and a 35% increased risk of
non-vertebral fracture. This extra risk peaks early, in the first 2 and a half
years of AS disease. It is recommended that AS patients be assessed for
fracture risk early after their AS diagnosis. (3) Trust Watertown Wellness Center to do
this for you or your loved one with AS.
Since AS usually runs its course over several years, researchers
and clinicians like your Watertown chiropractor at Watertown Wellness Center wonder
what factors lead ankylosing spondylitis patients to develop syndesmophytes,
those calcified ligaments that look like they flow down the bones of the AS
spine, fusing them together
. Researchers found that older age, longer disease
duration, severe sacroiliitis (inflammation of one or both of the sacroiliac
joints), the baseline presence of syndesmophytes, and elevated levels of C-reactive
protein are predictors of more syndesmophytes. (4)
Having a clinician like your
Watertown chiropractor who understands this condition can really help
contain its effects and maintain mobility in your spine as AS progresses.
So contact Watertown Wellness Center for a consultation about your
ankylosing spondylilitis. Entrust your spine (or your loved one's) to the capable hands of Watertown Wellness Center and the gentle
stretching treatment of Cox Technic to manage all your spinal conditions. Be
grateful for your spine, and treat it to chiropractic care.