Thousands of youths in the age between 20 to 40 years are suffering from Ankylosing Spondylitis, that is what comes out in the study by Rheumatologists associated with Antardhwani. The group is working towards providing a common platform for the people suffering from the disease.
The disease is considered as Inflammatory Arthritis and likely seen in the people between age group of 20 to 40 years. The clarification of the patients are almost the same in urban and rural areas as people not have the awareness towards it till it get worse. It specially affected the spine and spread to joints of legs, hands and other parts of the body if left untreated.
To spread the awareness in people Antardhwani is spreading to other parts and all set to begin the Vadodara chapter of patient support group for Ankylosing Spondylitis. The chapter will open on 26th January in the presence of Dr Namisha Patel, Dr Himanshu Pathak, Dr Pradip Prajapati, Dr Ripal Shah, Dr Chetan Chauhan, Dr Jeet Patel well known experts in the field of rheumatology.
The support group is aimed to bring patients, expert doctors, physiotherapists, yoga trainer and dieticians who get exposure about common ailments related to the disease. They in turn aid patients, share new findings, research output and new medicines in this field to them.
Ankylosing Spondylitis is a condition where all or some of the joints and bones of the spine fuse together like bamboo. It often causes inflammation in the backbone or in severe cases can even affect heart or eyes. AS has been classified as a rare disease as 8 out of 10,000 persons suffer from it. The disease is not curable and is a lifelong ailment but regular exercise and medical aid can provide relief to the patients.
Characteristically, the first symptoms of AS are frequent pain and stiffness in the lower back and buttocks which comes gradually over a period of time.The pain is felt on both sides and persists for at least three months. It is usually worse in the mornings and night but the condition can be improved with light exercise or a warm shower.
Male between the age of 20-30 are the most common affected by AS. The symptoms include lower back pain with early morning stiffness, which can be improved with exercises. Also, the exact cause of AS is still unknown but the scientists believe that the interplay between genetic, environmental and immune system triggers the disease symptoms.
Rheumatologists also recommend consumption of food rich in calcium and Vitamin D which helps in preventing structural damage. Other common treatment regimes include medication, exercise and possibly physical therapy, good posture practice, applying heat/cold to help relax muscles and reducejoint pain.
The mission of Antardhwani is to connect with people and spread awareness about managing Ankylosing Spondylitis. Antardhwani willl also commence the Surat Chapter of patient support group for Ankylosing Spondylitis soon after Vadodara.