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Ankylosing spondylitis

What is Ankylosing spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease that causes pain and stiffness in the small bones in the spine (vertebrate). This fusing of bone or inflammation can cause the spine to become stiff and result in a hunched-forward posture. Pain caused by fusing can be intense and chronic. In many cases, new bone may develop on the spine, which leads to deformity.

If the damage extends to the ribs, a person may find it hard to breathe normally.

Ankylosing spondylitis affects men than it affects women in general. Initially, it affects your lower back but may also spread to other areas of the body, including your neck or joints or your eyes as well.

Allopathic measures can hardly manage Ankylosing spondylitis, but ayurvedic interventions can help ease pain by strengthening the back. Lifestyle changes can also help manage the pain that arose from ankylosing spondylitis.

Signs

Early signs and symptoms usually include pain and stiffness in the lower back and hips, especially when you are physically inactive or after night when you wake up in the morning. In many cases, signs may worsen or improve at regular intervals.

Other symptoms may include:

  • poor posture
  • stooped shoulders
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • fatigue
  • anemia or low iron
  • reduced lung function that causes breathing issues
  • low-grade fever

If Ankylosing spondylitis spreads to other parts of the body, you may also witness:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Inflammation of the bowels
  • eye inflammation
  • heart valve inflammation

If your spine gets curved because of Ankylosing spondylitis, you can reduce your risk of deformity by opting for a physically active, changing your body posture, and taking effective ayurvedic treatment.

Causes

Scientists still don’t know what causes Ankylosing spondylitis. Perhaps, genetic mutations play a vital role in the onset of signs linked to Ankylosing spondylitis.

Doctors also think that faults in the immune system attack some common bacteria in your body and triggers the signs of Ankylosing spondylitis.

While other causes may also affect your health, such as:

  • Dehydrated discs: If your discs are dehydrated because of some underlying condition, they may lose their flexibility. Thus, bones in between them start to come into contact, which causes intense pain.
  • Intervertebral disc prolapse: Disc slip is yet another reason which results in compression to nerve roots and causes an imbalance in coordination.
  • Bone spurs: Bone spurs are projections of bones that develop along the edges. Mostly they occur where bones meet with each other.

Ayurvedic aspects of Ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis comes under the aegis of Ama Vata, which explains inflammatory or rheumatic disorders, as per the ayurvedic beliefs. It is primarily the aggravation of Vata and Kapha that results in a broad spectrum of conditions, including Ankylosing Spondylitis. As Vata gets imbalanced, the vertebrate becomes dry and stiff, leading to ankylosing spondylitis. Vata, along with Kapha, makes the neck go inflexible, causing pain and disability.

There are therapies, procedures, and medicines that may help with bone degeneration, This does not happen by applying some oils only; rather medicinal herbs also provide benefits along with Panchkarma therapy.

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