Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is an autoimmune disease which affects spine and the hip joints. It causes restriction in movement of neck, chest, lower back and the hip joint. It often leads to postural deformity. In advance cases it leads to ankylosis, means formation of new bone between vertebrae , leading to its fusion and forming a characterstic bamboo spine.

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Signs & Symptoms

  • Muscular stiffness while waking up in the morning.
  • Pain & stiffness in hips.
  • Stiffness & pain in neck and lowerback.
  • Difficulty in standing or sitting for long time.
  • Initially the pain is random and may be confined to one part of body which progresses over the period of time.
  • Stress & anxiety can cause and aggravate the existing condition.
  • Weakness in whole body & pain in legs.
  • Blood investigations shows raised ESR, CRP & Anti-CCP levels.

Causes

Ankylosing spondylitis is an autoimmune disease , which may occur due to following reasons.

  • Lack of proper sleep & rest
  • Over consuption of tea, coffee and other stimulating beverages.
  • Sleeping late in night or working whole night.
  • Improper digestion &  hyperacidity .
  • Eating before bathing or bathing just after eating.
  • Sedentary lifestyle & nutritional deficiency
  • Eating food articles which are not suitable or compatible to the body.
  • Emotional disturbances & depression.
  • Eating stale food and very cold beverages often.
  • Exercise & workout just after eating food.
  • Constipation & tendency to defaecate after meals.
  • Consuming non seasonal food for a long time.

Treatment

In Ayurveda, Ankylosing Spondylitis is mentioned as Danda Vaata( Meaning straight like a bamboo) since 2800BCE and it is treated by finding its root cause and then eliminating the root cause gradually and reducing the inflammation & stiffness of joints and muscles by several herbal(ayurvedic) preparation, which are exclusively prepared as per patient body type, age, climate and severity of the disease.

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