Ankylosing spondylitis. Not a well-known back
pain condition you hear about every day, but it’s one that is deserving of gentle, relieving treatment by a knowledgeable chiropractor like your West Des Moines
chiropractor at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa. Chiropractic care of ankylosing
spondylitis (AS) is helpful for many such patients, and Cox®
Technic is a very gentle treatment approach West Des Moines
ankylosing spondylitis patients value.
WHAT IS ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS?
Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic
disease concerning most commonly
the spine and sacroiliac joints. Timely treatment when AS is active
may assist in maintaining some flexibility in the spine and reduce
any resulting hyperkyphosis of the cervicothoracic spine
and/or rigidity of the thoracolumbar, lumbosacral and sacroiliac spine that may
develop and prevent doing favorite
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. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa manages both types with fellow healthcare colleagues to the
benefit of the AS patient.
WHAT HELPS MANAGE ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS?
Teamwork and coordination is beneficial
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 recognizing
ankylosing spondylitis. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa knows the signs: back
pain with more than 1 of three features
(HLA-B27 positivity, current inflammatory back pain, or x-ray/MRI evidence of
sacroiliitis). 37% of ankylosing spondylitis is diagnosed by a rheumatologist while the other 63% is diagnosed by other healthcare
providers like your West Des Moines chiropractor. (1) Rheumatologists report
on the benefits of a new approach to try:
nanocurcumin. It’s documented that T-helper 17 cells are
found 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 described as
improving 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 new study. Cox®
flexion distraction was one of the chiropractic treatments used
with ankylosing spondylitis patients that helped. Patients also did home stretches and rehab exercises. They gained
some relief of the symptoms, decreased pain and improved
ability to perform activities of daily living. (3) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa offers
gentle, stretching West Des Moines chiropractic care with Cox® Technic
spinal manipulation. It feels good to the AS spine that feels stiff and rigid. And a little good goes a long way!
CONTACT Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
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 relieving success for several ankylosing spondylitis patients - including
a diver who keeps diving today – utilizing
Cox® Technic and exercise in the treatment plan.
Schedule a West Des Moines chiropractic appointment at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
for yourself or a loved one who has ankylosing spondylitis. Uncommon?
Yes. Unmanageable? No. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is ready and able to help.