What is ankylosing spondylitis?
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine. AS produces inflammation between the vertebrae and in some cases can cause the vertebrae to fuse together over time. Most early-stage AS sufferers experience pain, stiffness, and mobility problems in the back. Some patients experience more chronic and persistent discomfort than others.
AS tends to affect men more often than women, and the condition typically begins in early adulthood. While an exact cause is unknown, the condition frequently runs in families. There is no known cure, however a healthy lifestyle and certain treatments can help to slow the disease’s progression and improve the patient’s quality of life.
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What causes ankylosing spondylitis?
The precise causes of AS remain unknown, however it is often considered to be a hereditary condition given that a majority of patients have one or more family members with AS.
Researchers have identified an antigen called HLA-B27 that is linked to AS. However not all patients with the HLA-B27 antigen go on to develop AS, and about 10 percent of AS patients do not have the antigen. Researchers suspect that the HLA-B27 antigen may somehow assist bacteria in attacking the body, causing AS.
The most common causes of ankylosing spondylitis include:
- A family member with AS
- The presence of the HLA-B27 antigen
- Advanced age
Luna’s physical therapists treat patients
with ankylosing spondylitis
Luna’s physical therapists specialize in treating patients suffering from ankylosing spondylitis. Our PTs can help patients slow or halt the progression of their disease, reducing daily discomfort and improving mobility. With proven techniques, our licensed PTs develop exercise and stretching routines that are safe, healthy, and comfortable for AS patients.
Best of all, with Luna, patients with AS can order physical therapy sessions right from their phone. Our therapists will come to you. Physical therapy has never been this convenient. It’s physical therapy, delivered.