Ankylosing Spondylitis - FAQs
I have been suffering from ankylosing spondylitis. Will my children also suffer from it?
Can surgical treatment help in ankylosing spondylitis?
Can ankylosing spondylitis be cured?
Will diet and exercise help?
Strengthening exercises, performed with weights or done by tightening the muscles without moving the joints, build the muscles around painful joints to better support them. Exercises that do not require joint movement can be done even when your joints are painful and inflamed.
Range-of-motion exercises improve movement and flexibility and reduce stiffness in the affected joint. If the spine is painful and/or inflamed, exercises to stretch and extend the back can be helpful in preventing long-term disability.
Many people with ankylosing spondylitis find it helpful to exercise in water. Before beginning an exercise programme, it is important to speak with our doctor who can recommend appropriate exercises.
How will homeopathy help me?
- to help you reduce pain and have a better quality of life;
- preventing the disease from getting worse; and
- preventing the disease from spreading to other parts of the body, and thereby preventing other complications associated with ankolising spondylitis.
I am taking non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs, and TNF blockers for ankylosing spondylitis. Can I take this on a long-term basis?
While taking homeopathy will I have to continue with my allopathic medications?
Myths and facts
- Ankylosing spondylitis is a rare condition.
Ankylosing spondylitis is more common than one might think. Estimates have shown that ankylosing spondylitis affects up to 1.4% of the general population.
- Ankylosing spondylitis is primarily a concern for men.
Although young men are two to three times more likely to be affected by ankylosing spondylitis than young women, ankylosing spondylitis affects both sexes.
- Ankylosing spondylitis only affects your back.
Chronic back pain is one of the most common symptoms for ankylosing spondylitis, because it often affects the spine. However, it can also affect other parts of the body, including the aortic valve of the heart, the eyes, the skin, via the ribs, the digestive system and the kidneys.
- Rest is one of the best ways to combat the ankylosing spondylitis pain.
Activity is actually one of the best things one can do for their ankylosing spondylitis. Indeed, research published in the March 2014 issue of the Annals of Rheumatic Disease found that study participants who followed a home exercise routine of postural, muscle strength, stretching and respiratory exercises improved their quality of life and decreased emotional stress and fatigue associated with ankylosing spondylitis. Our doctors can suggest specific exercises that might be good for the patient to do at home.
- Ankylosing spondylitis always results in a fused spine.
A fused spine only occurs in the later stages of ankylosing spondylitis. For some people, the condition never progresses that far. Therefore, immediate diagnosis and treatment is essential to prevent irreversible damage.
- Ankylosing spondylitis is always diagnosed from back pain.
It is hard to diagnose ankylosing spondylitis based only on back pain because back pain is so common. Therefore, a doctor also relies on the X-ray results to detect the signs of ankylosing spondylitis and to diagnose an altogether different medical issue.