Ankylosing Spondylitis

Inflammatory Spine Physiotherapy

How We Treat the Condition

We have a great program for people with inflammatory spine disorders involving some targeted hands on therapy, clinical pilates and a home program using our mobile phone app. Exercise is hugely important in the management of  inflammatory spine disorders, however it needs to be the right exercises. We will guide you through a tailored program and give you the direction you need to ensure you get the best possible outcome. We will communicate with your GP and or Rheumatologist  to ensure we are all working together to achieve the best out come for you. 

Ankylosing spondylitis affects about 1–2% of Australians. The disease usually first appears between the ages of 15–40 years and is about three times more common in men than in women.

Common Signs and Symptoms

Patients may describe one or more of the following:

  • Dull pain in the lower back and pelvis
  • General stiffness in the spine
  • Stiffness peaks first thing in the morning
  • Chest tightness
  • Pain that wakes you in the early hours of the morning
  • Fatigue
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

Causes of Inflammatory Spine Disorders

The most common inflammatory spine disorder is Ankylosing Spondylitis. It is a type of arthritis that causes long term inflammation primarily of the spine. The exact cause of Ankylosing Spondylitis is unknown but it is known that 90% of AS sufferers have a human leukocyte antigen called HBLA-250. This can be tested for via a simple blood test. It is believed that the underlying cause is linked to autoimmunity.

Many of the patients we see also fall into the category of having an inflammatory spine disorder characterised by their symptoms however they do not test positive for HBLA-250. It is not know what causes this however the treatment is much the same.