Ankylosing Spondylitis | Dr. Amit Sharda

ankylosing-spondylitisAnkylosing Spondylitis is a condition which involves the spine becoming inflamed and as a consequence becoming fixed and solid. It is a chronic inflammatory disease that attacks the spine and the sacroiliac joints, causing arthritis.

Causes of ankylosing spondylitis

There is no exact known cause on how people contract ankylosing spondylitis, although heredity seems to be the key factor. The majority of people, who develop the condition, are born with a gene, a protein called HLA -B27. This gene is found in over 90% of the people who develop AS. There are blood tests in order to discover this gene. You can visit the link of the Spinewise here http://www.spinewise.ca/we-care-for/ and find out more about the causes of ankylosing spondylitis.

Treatment Option

1. Physical therapy compounded by regular breathing exercises is the most common treatment. If able to, swimming, jogging, Pilates, and slow stretching exercises that include yoga, and tai chi are popularly recommended workouts, as well as proper back exercises.

2. Yoga is one of the effective forms of treatment for ankylosing spondylitis. It is found to be beneficial for people having certain health problems including back problems.

3. Proper sleeping positions and corrective posture is also common practice in therapy, where most patients are asked to lie face down on flat on their back on the floor for certain time every week, to maintain flexibility of the spine.

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