Chiropractic Treatment for Ankylosing Spondylitis
What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?
Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of arthritis that causes inflammation and pain and primarily affects the spine, hips, and sacroiliac joints. It is caused by an overactive immune system. A chronic inflammatory disease, the pain can be excruciating and become debilitating. Chiropractic care for ankylosing spondylitis can help reduce the inflammation, provide pain relief and retain mobility.
The condition more commonly affects male and begins to present in early adulthood. In severe cases the vertebra of the spine can fuse together causing curvature of the spine and a “stooped” posture.
The symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis may include:
- pain in the lower back, buttocks, or hips
- stiffness in the morning
- redness or swelling around the sacroiliac joint
- reduced flexibility
- fatigue or weakness
- depression or anxiety
What are the Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment for Ankylosing Spondylitis?
Chiropractic care is the use of spinal manipulation, joint mobilization, and other manual therapies to help improve the function of the spine and nervous system. It is a holistic approach that includes lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise.
The benefits of chiropractic care for ankylosing spondylitis include:
- natural relief from pain
- no side effects
- improved mobility in joints
- improved posture
- better sleep
- increased energy
How does a Chiropractor Treat Ankylosing Spondylitis?
A chiropractor will use spinal manipulation to help relieve pressure on the spine and joints and to reduce inflammation. They will also recommend exercises to help strengthen the muscles around the spine and improve flexibility in the back. The chiropractor may also recommend lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods, implementing an anti-inflammatory diet or taking supplements to reduce inflammation in the body.
Reducing inflammation, staying active, not smoking, and maintaining good posture are recommended to prevent further advancement of the condition and to maintain a good quality of life. Ankylosing Spondylitis is a lifelong condition that can be more active for periods of time than others, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can make all the difference in how severe those flare ups are or are not.
Treatment of ankylosing spondylitis is most successful before irreversible damage occurs due to the disease. The disease is believed to occur most in those who are genetically predisposed to the condition. It is especially important to be aware of the symptoms if there is a history of the disease in your family and to seek proper medical attention as early as possible.
When to See a Chiropractor for Ankylosing Spondylitis
As mentioned previously the earlier you begin treatment the better your outcome will be. Finding the right chiropractor is important for people with ankylosing spondylitis. A chiropractor can help to reduce pain and inflammation in your spine, which can relieve some of the symptoms of this condition. As the condition can also affect the eyes and the heart a good chiropractor will work with the other members of your medical care team to coordinate the best treatment plan and the best possible outcome for your health.
There are many different approaches to treating ankylosing spondylitis, but there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. If you have been diagnosed with this condition, you want to find a chiropractor like Dr. Will who specializes in treating people with chronic pain.
Dr. William McKenna
Dr.William McKenna has been a Chiropractor for over 20 years in Westchester and Dutchess County, helping his patients to achieve greater health and live more active lifestyles. He is the founder of McKenna Family Chiropractic located in Pelham, NY, and Dutchess Braincore Therapy and Wellness Center located in Hopewell Junction, NY. He graduated from Life University in 1999 and has been advocating for better health, naturally, since. Dr. Will believes a smile is the first step in healing and building valued relationships with his patients. Book Appointment
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