Ankylosing spondylitis. Not a well-known back
pain condition you hear about all the time, but it’s one that merits gentle, relieving treatment by a knowledgeable chiropractor like your Watertown
chiropractor at Watertown Wellness Center. Chiropractic care of ankylosing
spondylitis (AS) is relieving for many such patients, and Cox®
Technic is a very gentle treatment approach Watertown
ankylosing spondylitis patients value.
WHAT IS ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS?
Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic
disease concerning most commonly
the spine and sacroiliac joints. Early treatment when AS is active
may assist in maintaining some flexibility in the spine and minimize
any resulting hyperkyphosis of the cervicothoracic spine
and/or rigidity of the thoracolumbar, lumbosacral and sacroiliac spine that may
develop and prevent doing required
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. Watertown Wellness Center takes
care of both types with associated healthcare colleagues to the
advantage of the AS patient.
WHAT HELPS MANAGE ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS?
Teamwork and coordination is helpful
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 diagnosing
ankylosing spondylitis. Watertown Wellness Center knows the signs: back
pain with more than 1 of three attributes
(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 Watertown 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 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 rehabilitation exercises. They experienced
some relief of the symptoms, reduced pain and better
ability to perform activities of daily living. (3) Watertown Wellness Center offers
gentle, stretching Watertown chiropractic care with Cox® Technic
spinal manipulation. Watertown AS patients say it feels good to
their stiff spines. And a little good goes a long way!
CONTACT Watertown Wellness Center
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Gabriel Monterrubio, a chiropractor practicing in Mexico, on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael
Johnson as he describes 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 Watertown chiropractic appointment at Watertown Wellness Center
for yourself or a friend who has ankylosing spondylitis. Uncommon?
Yes. Unmanageable? No. Watertown Wellness Center is here to help.