9 Ways to Tackle Spondylitis

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For those of you who suffer from Spondylitis, you know that back pain and fatigue are the showstoppers of this condition and if anything they’re extremely unpredictable. In this article we’re going to take a look at a particular type of Spondylitis and how to cure it – Ankylosing Spondylitis.

This is a type of arthritis that affects the spine and causes stiffness from the neck to the lower back. The painful part of this condition is that the vertebrae of your spine start to fuse together and result in an extremely rigid spine. Stiffening isn’t it! It affects about 0.5% of the world’s adult population and hits men in their teens or early 20’s! In women it occurs slightly later and is milder and less common than men. Below are the most common symptoms for this condition. If you’re experiencing any of these then our advice would be to read this article in greater depth and visit your family doctor about the condition!

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Constant Pain and Stiffness that continue in the hips, lower back and buttocks for more than three to four months.

Ankylosing spondylitis can cause an overgrowth of the bones, which may lead to abnormal joining of bones, called “bony fusion.”

These symptoms could spell danger for you, and as is the case in all other conditions the sooner you get medical attention the better it gets for you! Luckily in the case of Ankylosing Spondylitis there are a few proven remedies and ways to ease the discomfort. The list below is going to talk about just that!

KEEP MOVING – What this point basically means is that active is the best way forward for you. The more you get up and move around the better it is for your bones and joints. People who sit around on the couch or laze around at home watching TV for long hours tend to get the worst of the pain and discomfort. But the key thing to remember here is that the type of movement is not as important as the frequency. Low impact exercises such as walking are the best bet in this case.

MAKE YOUR MORNINGS BETTER – Our joints are like ketchup! When they’re stationary for a long time, the joint fluid tends to thicken and makes the joints stiff and hard to move. It’s for this reason that mornings are the worst. This is a daily affair, but these joints can be stirred or shaken up into active mode by repeated movements and exercise routines. Talk to your physician or physiotherapist and come up with certain exercise routines that you can follow once you wake up every morning to kick start your movement and minimize the stiffness in your lower back.

IMPROVE YOUR POOR POSTURE – Poor posture is detrimental to a patient suffering from Ankylosing spondylitis. When you’ve already got your joints and bones giving you trouble, the last thing you need to do is add on to that by having a poor posture. You need to take up what is known as posture training. Practice by standing against a wall and lying down face down on a firm surface. You need to stay tall with your head held high and a straight back. Don’t slouch or hunch. Practice posture training for 15-30 minutes every day without fail.

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Dr. Hirna Bhatt holds a Master degree in Physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University U.K and a Master degree in Acupuncture from Nagpur University. She is specialized in musculoskeletal conditions and have over 3 years of experience in treating patients. Besides working as a therapist, she has keen interest in painting and craft work. She quotes, “Do what makes you happy, success comes in that happiness.”

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