Could your back pain be due to ankylosing spondylitis (A S.)

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Could your back pain be due to ankylosing spondylitis (A S.)

It is a type of arthritis that mainly affects the back, by causing inflammation in the spine. This can make your back, rib cage and neck stiff and painful.

It often starts in people who are in their late teens or 20s.

What you have to do?

  • keep active
  • have effective medical treatment
  • try to maintain a good posture.


In the early stages, ankylosing spondylitis is likely to cause::

  • stiffness and pain in your lower back in the early morning that lasts at least 30 minutes and then eases through the day or with activity
  • pain that wakes you in the night
  • pain in one or both buttocks and sometimes the backs of the thighs
  • pain felt with AS is a dull, ongoing pain. Generally, you may feel some of the following: stiffness and increased pain in the morning after waking up that lessens throughout the day as you move around.

Diagnosis of AS

  • The history of your condition and the symptoms you’ve experienced, including whether pain and discomfort is waking you up during the second half of the night
  • a physical examination
  • blood tests, which may show inflammation
  • x-rays or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
  • your age. It can be diagnosed at any age, but most often begins before the age of 40, and often much younger.

Role of physiotherapy in treating AS

Aim of physiotherapy in patient with AS - to improve your muscle strength and help you maintain mobility in your spine and other joints, to avoid them stiffening into a bent position.

Kinesio-taping is applied to relax the muscle tightness which helps the muscle in all activities

Dry needling – to improve the blood circulation, reduce tightness, to release lactic acid and break the nodules

Posture training

  • Improving your posture is key to managing your AS symptoms.

Strengthening exercises

Strengthening the abdominal and back muscles that make up your core can take stress off your back and reduce pain.

Flexibility and stretching exercises

Range of motion can be increased by performing flexibility exercises. These are exercises that you do without weights, focusing on joints that are sbenefits

Benefits of physiotherapy in case of AS

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