Ankylosing spondylitis. Not a common back
pain condition you hear about all the time, but it’s a
condition that is deserving of gentle, relieving treatment by a knowledgeable chiropractor like your McHenry
chiropractor at Spengel Chiropractic. Chiropractic care of ankylosing
spondylitis (AS) is relieving for many such patients, and Cox®
Technic is a very gentle treatment approach McHenry
ankylosing spondylitis patients value.
WHAT IS ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS?
Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic
disease altering most usually
the spine and sacroiliac joints. Early treatment when AS is active
may help maintain some flexibility in the spine and minimize
any resulting hyperkyphosis of the cervicothoracic spine
and/or rigidity of the thoracolumbar, lumbosacral and sacroiliac spine that may
result and prevent doing required
activities of daily living. There are primarily
two forms: active and inactive. Active is the development phase of AS while
inactive is the post-development phase of AS. Spengel Chiropractic takes
care of both types with associated healthcare colleagues to the
benefit of the AS patient.
WHAT HELPS MANAGE ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS?
Teamwork and coordination is helpful
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 diagnosing
ankylosing spondylitis. Spengel Chiropractic knows the signs: back
pain with more than 1 of three elements
(HLA-B27 positivity, current inflammatory back pain, or x-ray/MRI evidence of
sacroiliitis). 37% of ankylosing spondylitis is diagnosed by a rheumatologist,
and the other 63% is diagnosed by other practitioners like your McHenry chiropractor. (1) Rheumatologists document the benefits of a new method 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 way to control
the T-helper 17 cells as it is an anti-inflammatory compound shown to improve some clinical symptoms of ankylosing
spondylitis. (2) Mixing 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 were instructed
to do home stretches and rehab exercises. They experienced
some relief of the symptoms, reduced pain and improved
ability to do activities of daily living. (3) Spengel Chiropractic delivers
gentle, stretching McHenry chiropractic care with Cox® Technic
spinal manipulation. McHenry AS patients say it feels good to
their stiff spines. And a little good goes a long way!
CONTACT Spengel Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Gabriel Monterrubio, a chiropractor practicing in Mexico, on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael
Johnson as he explains his care and relieving success for several ankylosing spondylitis patients - including
a diver who keeps diving even now – using
Cox® Technic and exercise in the treatment plan.
Schedule a McHenry chiropractic appointment at Spengel Chiropractic
for yourself or a loved one who has ankylosing spondylitis. Uncommon?
Yes. Unmanageable? No. Spengel Chiropractic is ready and able to help.