What is Ankylosing spondylitis?
It is a type of arthritis that affects the spine. The symptoms of Ankylosing spondylitis mainly include pain and stiffness from the neck down to the lower back. In this condition, the spine’s bones fuse together, which leads to a rigid spine. Early diagnosis and treatment of Ankylosing spondylitis can help to control pain and stiffness and might reduce or prevent deformity as well.
This problem affects about 0.1% to 0.5% of the adult population. Though Ankylosing spondylitis can occur at any age, but it mostly affects men in their teens and 20s. Ankylosing spondylitis is less common and usually milder in women.
What are the symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis?
Early diagnosis and treatment of Ankylosing spondylitis is very important. The most common early symptoms of this can be:
Pain and stiffness: Regular pain and stiffness in the low back, hips and buttocks, for more than three months can be one of the most prominent symptoms of Ankylosing spondylitis.
Bony fusion: Ankylosing spondylitis can cause an overgrowth of the bones, resulting in the abnormal joining of bones. This condition is called as “bony fusion.” This fusion mainly affects bones of the neck, back, or hips and can hamper a person’s ability to do routine tasks.
Pain in ligaments and tendons: some of the ligaments and tendons that are attached to bones may also get affected with Ankylosing spondylitis. Tendonitis (inflammation of the tendon) can cause pain and stiffness in the area behind or beneath the heel.
What are the causes behind Ankylosing Spondylitis?
Even though the exact cause of Ankylosing spondylitis is not known yet, but as per medical sciences there is a strong genetic or family link. A Majority of people experiencing this condition carry a gene called HLA-B27. Though people carrying this gene are at more risk to develop Ankylosing spondylitis, but it is also found in around 10% of people who have no signs of the condition.
How is Ankylosing Spondylitis Diagnosed?
The diagnosis of Ankylosing spondylitis can be made after a careful analysis of a number of factors, which mainly includes:
- Findings of a physical exam
- X-rays of the back and pelvis
- Measurements of the chest when breathing
- Results of lab tests
How Is Ankylosing Spondylitis Treated?
Actually there is no cure for Ankylosing spondylitis, however, there are various treatments that can lessen discomfort and improve function. These treatments mainly aim to reducing pain and stiffness, maintaining a good posture, prevents deformity, and improves the ability to perform daily activities. In case of patients with severe deformities, Osteotomy and fusion can be done. While early intervention with physical and occupational therapy is very important to maintain function and reduce deformity. Apart from it, a program of daily exercise can also proves helpful to reduce stiffness, strengthen the muscles around the joints and prevent or minimize the risk of disability. Swimming is one of the ideal forms of exercise for people with Ankylosing spondylitis. Moreover, certain medications also provide relief from pain and stiffness, and enable patients to perform their exercises. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs including ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen are the most commonly used drugs for spondylitis treatment.
Homeopathic Medicine for Ankylosing Spondylitis
Homeopathic Medicine for Ankylosing spondylitis can be a great benefit to the patients if the treatment is started well in time. Similar to other disorders, the homoeopathic medicines work by optimising the body’s overactive immune system, in this problem as well. However, the outcome of the treatment greatly depends on the stage of the disease, at which it is started.
Most commonly used Homeopathic Medicine for Ankylosing spondylitis:
1.Aesculus: It is one of the best homeopathic medicines to start treatment of Ankylosing spondylitis. It is very effective to use in cases where there is a marked pain in lumbosacral area of the back and hips with extreme stiffness.
2.Rhus Tox: It is a highly recommended homeopathic medicine to treat a variety of pains. In case of ankylosing spondylitis it is very effective when pain and stiffness in back and hips are mostly aggravated after a period of inactivity.
Friends, as you all know very well that classical homeopathic medicines are prescribed only on the basis of TOTALITY OF SYMPTOMS with a clear cut identification of disease in patient and patient in disease also, even then we are providing here just a few homeopathic medicines for different types of medical problems in a short way.
But reader is advised very strongly to use the medicines only under medical supervision and these medicines should never ever consumed without proper consultation with your doctor or GP.
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