Ankylosing Spondylitis and Physiotherapy Singapore
Ankylosing spondylitis is classified as a form of the arthritis
group, a primary character being chronic joint and ligamental
inflammation within the spine, which causes pain and decreased range of
motion and in many cases, accompanying stiffness. In moderate to severe
cases, affected bones within the spine may undergo fusion and join
together (called ankylosis) which results in a spine that is very firm
As a result, the patient may get an
abnormal posture. Other joints that are not so commonly affected
includes the joints of the shoulders and neck, the hips, knees and
ankles. Sometimes, it also affects the body at the systemic level e.g.
affecting organs etc.
What causes this disease
exactly scientists and doctors do not know, but what is sure is that in
90% of the cases, has a gene called HLA-B27 - giving rise to a
likelihood of genetic factor. But, it's important to note that even if
90% of people with this disease has the HLA-B27 gene, but not all people
with HLA-B27 gene has the disease.
this disease often starts at the lower spine and/or at the sacroiliac
joints. Early symptoms includes consistent and long term pain and
stiffness in the lower back and hip joints. A typical patient will have
increased pain or stiffness in the back or hip after a period of
immobility or rest.
Symptoms then will progress
upwards, towards the spine, possibly affecting the rib cage as well (if
this happens, the bones in the chest and ribs may fuse together, and
that will result in breathing difficulties as the lungs will not be
allowed to expand to intake air).
What we do is to
diagnose the presence or absence of ankylosing spondylitis based on
symptomatic assessments e.g. presence of pain and stiffness and at which
locations; physical assessment e.g. testing for presence of pain and
range of motion at the affected area; finding for abnormalities on
X-Rays or blood tests on presence of the HLA-B27 gene; and identifying
the disease progression if it has migrated, etc. The thing about this
disease is that early symptoms can resemble other conditions e.g.
osteoarthritis of the hips and low back pain, which are common
Once it's been diagnosed as ankylosing
spondylitis, we will focus on decreasing the amount of pain,
inflammation and stiffness experienced in our physiotherapy clinic,
using a mix of spinal manipulation and mobilization techniques, soft
tissue stretch and management, prevent compensation by strengthening
weakened groups, prevent deformity by postural correction and muscle
strengthening as well as maintain function and mobility.
physiotherapy and exercise therapy routines are crucial part of the
management of ankylosing spondylitis, coupled with the medications from
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Specialist Rehab Group works with specialist physiotherapists and specialist rehab therapists who are highly trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of expert care to our patients.
Areas of specialization
- physiotherapy: back and neck (spine), sports, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle
- hand therapy: forearm, wrist, hand and fingers
- podiatrist: leg, calf, ankle, foot and toes
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All our therapists are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCM). See our entire team here by location and specialization.
Initially, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough
assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to
help you recover. They then provide
expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific
exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term
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