Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) back pain is caused by inflammation. It’s a chronic lifelong condition that slowly affects your movements and posture. AS causes abnormal bone growth and causes joints to fuse (grow together) in the spine and in the sacroiliac joints. Anti-inflammatory drugs (like acetaminophen or ibuprofen) ease your pain and stiffness. This is such an aggressive condition that often patients seek a combination of treatments such as anti-inflammatory drugs Physical Therapy and Chiropractic care.
A Physical Therapist would use treatments that involve stretching for the trunk muscles to improve chest expansion. Strengthening your back and abdominal muscles to help you maintain proper walking and perform your activities of daily living. Their treatments may also involve exercises to improve your functional ability and energy. Your physical therapist will teach you how to move your body efficiently when performing daily activities to avoid strain. Your physical therapist may recommend using an assistive device, such as a cane or walker to improve your walking, lessen pain, and lower your risk of falling.
A Chiropractor would use treatments that include posture training to improve your posture and help you avoid slouching or forward bending. This training is important to ensure that you maintain an upright posture. They will also use spinal adjustments to increase range of motion in your spine and maintain a healthy nervous system.
Physical Therapy and Chiropractic would work together to help prescribe a range of home care activities. These may include a TENS unit, deep breathing exercises and heat or ice to help relieve pain. The intensity of the inflammation in AS may require a combination treatment of Physical Therapy and Chiropractic.
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