April 10, 2008

Causes & Natural Remedies for Ankylosing Spondylitis

Posted in Category : Bone, Joint & Muscles Disorders

Ankylosing spondylitis is a progressive disease and it may cause joint inflammation amid the spinal joints. The symptoms of Ankylosing spondylitis can be found in spine or pelvis. The alternative names of ankylosing spondylitis include rheumatoid spondylitis, spondylitis and spondylartharthropathy. Therefore, it becomes essential to know more about causes of ankylosing spondylitis in order to give correct treatment.

It has been found from the study that genes plays major role in developing symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis so , ankylosing spondylitis is a genetic disease. However, some causes of ankylosing spondylitis are still unknown; therefore, more and more research is taking place to know cause of ankylosing spondylitis

The ankylosing spondylitis starts from lower back pain that worsens at night, in the morning and after inactivity back pain starts in the sacroiliac joints which are between the pelvis and the spine and later this pain may occur in the upper and lower spine. Interesting thing about this pain is that it can be relieved by taking a bent posture and restricting the expansion of the chest because it involves the movement joints of the ribs.

There are some tests useful in ankylosing spondylitis treatment like CBC, ESR, HLA-B27 antigen tests and X-rays of the spine and pelvis.

The ankylosing spondylitis treatment involves usage of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce inflammation and pain. Sometimes corticosteroid therapy is used to restrain immune system of the body. Doctors usually prefer to give TNF-inhibitors drugs, which are useful to block inflammatory protein. It has been found from the study that it helps to improve condition of ankylosing spondylitis patients.  Some medical professional prefer to give cytotoxic drugs to block cell growth in joints. This drug is useful for those people who do not respond to corticosteroids or who are dependent on high doses of corticosteroids.

Surgery becomes essential in severe causes of ankylosing spondylitis and it is done in very rare cases. Moreover, exercise may help to improve body posture and breathing, normal posture like lying flat on the back at night may help people to get a better body posture.

If the Causes of ankylosing spondylitis are ignored then it may leads to serious side effects like damage of bone and cartilage, which may cause fusing of joints in the spine and other areas. These side effects may interfere with your ability to move. It may be extremely crippling and painful for some people. Therefore, it becomes essential to know causes of ankylosing spondylitis because it will help doctors for diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis.