Ankylosing spondylitis (A.S.) is a difficult autoimmune condition that typically begins in adolescents and young adults, but it affects people for the rest of their lives. Men are more likely to develop ankylosing spondylitis than are women. A.S. usually starts in the affected individual in the early twenties. The first signs of the disease start in the joint between the low back and the pelvis (sciatic joint) gradually working its way up the spine. A.S. causes pain and stiffness in its early stages and then progresses into the fusion of the spine. In this article, we will discuss research published showing Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic and knee chest procedures helping the condition improve.
People may experience:
Pain areas: in the ankle, eyes, heel, hip joints, lower back, middle back, neck, or shoulders
Pain circumstances: can occur during rest
Visual: blurred vision or sensitivity to light
Eyes: inflammation of the eye's middle layer or redness
Joints: back joint dysfunction or stiffness
Also common: arthritis, bone tissue formation, fatigue, hunched back, inflamed tendons, inflammatory bowel disease, or physical deformity
Traditionally ankylosing spondylitis is treated with anti-inflammatory medication, stretching and therapeutic exercise. There is a genetic component associated with AS called HBLA 27 gene. The disease is progressive and medically there is no cure. Here is the good news, patients with AS have found relief with Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care.
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Research published in May of 2011 by Drs. Cailen Wells and Sid Williams D.C. showed that corrections in the upper Cervical spine decreased pain, stiffness, and range of motion. To quote some of the research: "In this case it is important to consider that prior to the diagnosis of AS, he experienced whiplash from three motor vehicle accidents. When the subluxation began is unknown, however, it is possible that the motor vehicle accident(s) had a profound effect on its formation. The neurological findings of leg length inequality, paraspinal thermographic pattern and radiographic misalignment present in this case, demonstrated the existence of a vertebral subluxation. Whether the symptoms specific to AS are part of the subluxation process or not are unknown."
Upper Cervical Spine injuries are numerous throughout childhood and adult life. It is difficult to find a person that has not been in a whiplash accident or a kid that has not had a sports injury, fall, or head injury of some type. Life is full of trauma!
Is it possible that trauma to the upper cervical spine weakens the human body allowing for a genetic predisposition to take hold? There are numerous published research articles indicating that upper Cervical trauma can be a predominant factor in the degenerative draw process. (2,3,4)
These three factors make the anatomical region of the head and neck unstable and susceptible to injuries very easily:
Trauma can cause spinal misalignment at the skull c-1 junction. Over time this spinal misalignment affects normal neurological function and can impact the lungs, muscles, and other centers of the body. Ankylosing spondylitis is but one condition that responds well to Blair Upper Cervical Care.
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