Ankylosing spondylitis. Not a well-known back
pain condition you hear about every day, but it is one that is deserving of gentle, relieving treatment by an
experienced chiropractor like your Ottawa
chiropractor at The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider. Chiropractic care for ankylosing
spondylitis (AS) is relieving for many such patients, and Cox®
Technic is a most gentle treatment approach Ottawa
ankylosing spondylitis patients appreciate.
WHAT IS ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS?
Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic
disease altering most typically
the spine and sacroiliac joints. Early treatment when AS is active
may assist in maintaining some flexibility in the spine and reduce
any subsequent hyperkyphosis of the cervicothoracic spine
and/or rigidity of the thoracolumbar, lumbosacral and sacroiliac spine that may
develop and block doing desired
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. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider manages both types with associated healthcare colleagues to the
advantage of the AS patient.
WHAT HELPS MANAGE ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS?
Cooperation 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 identifying
ankylosing spondylitis. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider is aware of the signs: back
pain with more than 1 of 3 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 healthcare
providers like your Ottawa chiropractor. (1) Rheumatologists document the benefits of a new method to try:
nanocurcumin. It’s documented that T-helper 17 cells appear at higher amounts in ankylosing spondylitis patients. Nanocurcumin
is evolving as a new way 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 recent 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, decreased pain and improved
ability to perform activities of daily living. (3) The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider offers
gentle, stretching Ottawa 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 The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Gabriel Monterrubio, a chiropractor practicing in Mexico, on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael
Johnson as he tells of his care and pain
alleviating success for several ankylosing spondylitis patients - including
a diver who keeps diving even now – utilizing
Cox® Technic and exercise in the treatment plan.
Schedule a Ottawa chiropractic appointment at The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider
for yourself or a friend who has ankylosing spondylitis. Uncommon?
Yes. Unmanageable? No. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider is here to help.