Ankylosing spondylitis is arthritis where the joints of the spine and ligaments are chronically inflamed causing the individual to feel pain and stiffness in their back.  “Ankylosing” means “fusing together” and “Spondylitis” means “inflammation of the spine”, which can cause stiffness, tenderness and discomfort. On examination we will look for the obvious signs and symptoms of Anklosing Spondylitis, checking for pain, stiffness and a lack of mobility of the lower back.

Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis

In the case of Ankylosing Spondylitis the body can lay down new bone around the vertebrae in the spine, this is in effort to protect and defend against low back pain. Although it mainly affects the spine, Ankylosing Spondylitis can also cause pain and swelling in a number of joints around the body e.g. shoulders, hips, knees and small joints of the hands and feet. Over time, Ankylosing Spondylitis can cause the spine to become rigid and fused leading to a lack of mobility and movement of the spine.

Treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis

A treatment session will be designed to lessen the pain and stiffness, a session will consist of mobilisation and soft tissue massage techniques. In addition to this Dry needling can be used to further help with pain, also a home exercise program is prescribed to help build strength in the core muscle groups and advise is given on how to manage the condition during daily life.