From fatigue and back pain, to stiffness and lack of mobility, ankylosing spondylitis (AS) pain prevents sufferers from enjoying their daily lives. Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that causes problems in the spine and may impact other joints. Those who live with this chronic condition know how debilitating it can be day after day.
Fortunately, you don’t need to suffer needlessly from the worst symptoms AS has to offer. Chiropractic has been found as a proven solution for relief by many patients. Stability Health Center’s team is familiar with the condition and we welcome ankylosing spondylitis patients in Seattle, WA. We’re intent on helping you explore all potential avenues of spinal relief.
What are the symptoms of AS?
AS is a condition based in the autoimmune system and results in the inflammation of spinal vertebrae. It specifically affects the ligaments in discs of the vertebrae, causing severe and chronic pain. For cases that go untreated, inflammation can even lead to the formation of new bone in the spine. This often leads to a forward-stooped posture (kyphosis) that severely limits mobility. Other symptoms associated with AS include:
- Extreme fatigue;
- Hip pain;
- Pelvic pain;
- Shoulder and neck ache;
- Muscle spasms;
- Hand and feet pain.
Unfortunately, AS doesn’t stop at just imbuing its sufferers with pain. This chronic condition also puts patients at a significantly higher risk of osteoporosis and heart disease.
Chiropractic treatment for AS
AS is a difficult condition to diagnose. In fact, many medical professionals don’t identify it and misinterpret fatigue and localized pain as symptoms of other ailments. Chiropractors, on the other hand, are trained experts in spinal health. They will frequently consider what general practitioners would not when it comes to spinal diagnoses. They’ll perform a more thorough investigation by discussing symptoms, reviewing medical history, and using radiological imagery of the spine.
If AS is determined to be the root condition of a person’s pain and discomfort, a specialized treatment and care plan will be assembled. The purpose of this plan is to first mitigate acute pain and second, to forestall future problems caused by AS. Treatment will differ depending on the patient. Some of the strategies chiropractors use include:
- Spinal adjustments to correct misalignments that have resulted from AS;
- Recommending movement and low-impact exercise like walking to reduce the chance of osteoporosis and heart disease;
- Stretching and moving joints in the morning when the pain is worst;
- Swimming and other water activities for a low-impact approach to lessening AS pain symptoms;
- Hot showers, especially in the morning to loosen up muscles and encourage movement of fluids;
- Developing strong posture habits to ensure vertebral discs stay functional;
- Adopting a nutritious diet low in sugars and high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to encourage weight loss.
You don’t need to suffer aimlessly from the worst symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis anymore. The staff at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA is here to help evaluate your symptoms and recommend a long-term chiropractic treatment plan for coping with your AS. Contact us today to learn more about the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach we employ to tailor our adjustments and insights to each one of our patients.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.