this may be followed by
progressive stiffness and inflexibility. It eventually leads to the
fusion of the spine, giving permanent painful stiffness of the back. It is often called
bamboo spine, as the spine tends get stiff like a bamboo. This
condition is more common in males as compared to females and usually
occurs in individuals between 16-40 years of age.
The exact cause of Ankylosing spondylitis is not understood. It has been
considered to be an autoimmune disease (like many others such as
Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis,
Alopecia Areata, Thyroiditis, etc.).
Genetic factors are likely to be involved. The majority of people with Ankylosing spondylitis have a gene called HLA-B27. However, the
presences of HLA-B27 (Human Leukocyte Antigen B27) is not absolutely
diagnostic of Ankylosing Spondylitis.There are theories on its
link with some bacterial infection as a triggering factor.
These include: painful stiffness of the lower back and hips which is
often worse in the morning or after periods of inactivity. Over a period
of time, the pain and stiffness may progress up the spine and to other
joints such as hips, shoulders, knees and feet. Reduced mobility may be
noted by the patient and gradually he may notice difficulty in bending
the spine. In advanced stages of the condition patient may notice
chronic stooping, stiff and inflexible spine, restricted expansion of
the chest. Features such as loss of appetite, fatigue, weight-loss,
inflammation of the eyes (iritis) and of the bowels may also be seen.
Homoeopathic treatment helps two ways:
underlying disease process
b. Significant Relief in pain and stiffness
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) being a constitutional disorder calls for a
constitutional approach to its treatment. Homoeopathic approach
incorporates detailed study of the cases of AS inclusive of the genetic
trend of the patients. The remedy prescribed after such detailed
evaluation offers effective pain control as well as helps in controlling
the progress of this condition. Early cases of AS can be treated with
good success with homoeopathy. Cases that have advanced to a moderate
extent can also be helped, especially in preventing the further progress
of the disease and limiting the pain. However, severe cases can only be
relieved symptomatically with homoeopathic treatment. Homoeopathy is
strongly suggested for Ankylosing Spondylitis, especially in the early
and mid stages. Patients opting for homoeopathic treatment do better than
those who do not.
It starts in two Processes:
Relieves Symptoms like:
c. Increases Joint Mobility
Controlling and reversing the
underlying Disease process:
It helps by stopping the demineralization and degeneration
process of the bones of the joint involved. Providing strength to
the adjoining ligaments thus strengthening the whole joint,
maintaining its space and decreasing pressure on the nerves.
In mild and moderate disease stages complete cure has been achieved,
in cases were the disease process has lead to destruction of the
joint as in severe cases homoeopathy can offer excellent palliative
Patients of Ankylosing spondylitis are advised to go in for
consultation so as there disease state can be reviewed and the mode
of treatment can be decided.