Ankylosing Spondylitis
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By - Aishwarya Arya
Functional Manual Therapist at VARDĀN
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the joints, tendons, and ligaments of the spine. It can also affect other joints in the body, such as the hips, shoulders, knees, and ankles. AS is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body's immune system mistakenly attacks its own healthy tissues.
Symptoms Of Ankylosing Spondylitis
The most common symptom of AS is pain and stiffness in the lower back and hips. This pain and stiffness is often worse in the morning and improves with movement. Other symptoms of AS can include:
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Inflammation of the eyes (uveitis)
  • Inflammation of the bowel (inflammatory bowel disease)
Treatment Options
There is no cure for AS, but there are treatments that can help to manage the symptoms and improve quality of life. Treatment options for AS include:

  • Medication: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help to reduce pain and inflammation. Biological drugs can also be used to suppress the overactive immune system in people with AS.
  • Physical therapy: Physical therapy can help to improve flexibility, range of motion, and strength. It can also help to reduce pain and improve function.
  • Surgery: Surgery may be recommended in some cases to repair damaged joints or to correct a spinal deformity.
How FMTTM Helps
Functional manual therapy (FMTTM) is a type of physical therapy that uses hands-on techniques to improve joint function and range of motion. FMT can be a very effective treatment for people with AS. It can help to:
  • Reduce pain and stiffness.
  • Improve flexibility and range of motion.
  • Improve posture and alignment.
  • Reduce the risk of joint damage.
  • Improve function and quality of life.
FMTTM is typically performed by a physical therapist who has specialized training in this area. The therapist will use a variety of hands-on techniques, such joint mobilization, mechanical correction of anatomical structures, neuromuscular reeducation and stretching, to improve the function of the joints and muscles affected by AS.
How to Get Started with Functional Manual Therapy for Ankylosing Spondylitis
FMTTM is a safe and effective treatment for most people with AS. However, it is important to talk to physical therapist before starting any new treatment, including FMTTM.
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I just wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt thanks for all that you’ve done for me.Both my wrists were fractured in June 2023. Even after taking physiotherapy sessions, I had pain in both the wrists and was finding it difficult to lift weight, this was hampering my day-to-day activities and somewhere I had settled with this pain as a new normal.
Thereafter, I visited VARDĀN for Functional Manual Therapy. My case was assigned to Ms. Aishwarya Arya who after understanding the issue in detail started the therapy and to my surprise, I felt positive change from the first session itself. Additionally, she also suggested a few exercises which could be easily performed anytime, anywhere. Aishwarya had been quite dedicated and supportive during my journey with VARDĀN, she has great understanding of science and in 6 to 7 sessions I have regained the range and strength in my wrists and things are back to normal for me.
Sincere gratitude and congratulations to the team. Keep up the great job.

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