Ankylosing Spondylitis - Overview
Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of chronic arthritis that most commonly affects the lower back. It is an inflammatory disease that can cause some of the vertebrae in the patients spine to fuse together. This fusing makes the spine less flexible and can result in a hunch-forward posture. It causes pain, stiffness and restriction of movement of the affected part. The pain and stiffness in the lower back is more in the morning after waking up from sleep and after sitting for long periods of time. The initial movements are painful. The pain reduces with continuous movement. Effective treatment can reduce pain, control symptoms and prevent the disease from getting worse.
The cause of ankylosing spondylitis is not very well understood, but the disease is believed to run in families. Another common aspect is the presence of a gene called HLA-B27, which is present since birth.
This disease is more common in men than in women. The disease usually starts during adolescence lasting until as late as 30s. Apart from affecting the lower back, the disease can affect other joints and body parts such as the eyes, lungs, heart as well as the digestive system.
Causes: Hereditary tendency is one of the most common causes of ankylosing spondylitis. To know more about other causes, Read more.
Symptoms: Pain and stiffness in the lower back as well as hips and overgrowth of the bones, leading to abnormal joining of bones called ‘bony fusion’ are some of the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis. To know more about other symptoms, Read more.
Diagnosis: Our doctors will conduct a medical assessment to understand the exact nature of pain and how it started and progressed. They may also try to reproduce pain by pressing on specific portions of the pelvis or by moving your legs into a particular position. To know more about diagnosis, Read more.
Treatment approach at Dr Batra’s™:
Step 1: First Consultation – Our doctors will spend 30-45 minutes with you to understand the exact cause of ankylosing spondylitis. We will take into account your family history of the disease and nature of your pain and discomfort. Depending on all these factors, our doctors suggest customized homeopathic treatment for ankylosing spondylitis that will help you cope with it.
Step 2: Medical Diagnosis – Our doctors will conduct a medical assessment to understand the exact nature of pain and how it started and progressed. They may also try to reproduce pain by pressing on specific portions of the pelvis or by moving your legs into a particular position.
Step 3: Personalized Treatment - Natural homeopathic medicines are suggested based on the diagnosis made and extent of the condition.
Step 4: Advice on lifestyle – A healthy lifestyle can help you cope with ankylosing spondylitis better. Our doctors will provide guidance for self-care, exercise, and lifestyle management. Read more.