Ankylosing Spondylitis and Treatment
Ankylosing spondylitis and other spondyloarthopathies cause changes to the vertebral column. Typically this pathology causes a progressive stiffening of the spine. These conditions can initially present similar to mechanical low back pain and this presentation can delay diagnosis. Once diagnosed it is important to focus on maintaining an erect posture to limit pain and functional restrictions.
Your therapist should have experience in treating patients with general spinal problems of pain and mechanical low back pain as well as having a background in working with ankylosing spondylitis and/or other spondyloarthropathies. Your therapist should be able to understand the indication for review of medication protocols as well as the importance of specific exercises to maintain flexibility and posture. Your therapist should be networked in the community to other health practitioners who provide services for this condition i.e. occupational therapists.
To find therapists with expertise in the treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis and other Spondyloarthopathies, go to the Therapist Search page and follow the instructions to search for an STN member in your local area.