Ankylosing Spondylitis: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory arthritis affecting the spine and sacroiliac joints (hips and buttocks). 

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Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis 

AS primarily manifests through pain and stiffness in the lower back and buttocks. Over time, it can lead to the fusion of vertebrae, causing a stooped posture. Other symptoms may include fatigue, reduced flexibility, and discomfort in the neck, hips, and shoulders. 

Causes of Ankylosing Spondylitis 

While the exact cause of AS is unknown, a strong genetic predisposition is observed. The HLA-B27 gene is frequently associated with AS, suggesting a hereditary link. Environmental factors, such as bacterial infections, may trigger the condition in genetically susceptible individuals. 

Treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis 

Managing AS involves a multidisciplinary approach. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often prescribed to alleviate pain and inflammation. Physical therapy helps maintain flexibility and posture. Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) may be recommended to control symptoms and slow progression. 

DBC Treatment 

The DBC Protocol, through targeted exercises, plays a vital role in managing Ankylosing Spondylitis. A treatment plan is tailored to each patient, and focuses on enhancing flexibility, maintaining posture, and alleviating pain. Exercises include range-of-motion and strength-building activities, crucial for preventing spinal fusion and improving joint function. Regular physical therapy ensures symptom relief and contributes to an improved quality of life for those with AS.


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