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How do you diagnose ankylosing spondylitis ?

How do you diagnose ankylosing spondylitis ?

Rheumatologist : You should be evaluated by a rheumatologist and have a complete physical examination including radiographs of your spine and a series of blood test including hla b27. ...Read more

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Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Ankylosing Spondylitis (Definition)

A defect that effects the spine, causing ligaments and other elements of the spine to calcify, making it essentially ...Read more


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How to cure spondylitis?

How to cure spondylitis?

Manageable: Spondylitis the condition related to your spine. It is an anatomical change which does not cause problems in all in all individuals. You need to discuss this with your physician and determine if it is effecting any nerves or cause of the pain that you may be having. In most individuals therapy and exercise will help manage the problem. Surgery may be needed in some circumstances. ...Read more

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How do rheumatologists make a diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis?

How do rheumatologists make a diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis?

Bloodwork and X-rays: After clinically examining you, a diagnosis of this type of inflammatory arthritis is done with xrays and bloodwork. ...Read more

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Can you explain the disease ankylosing spondylitis?

Arthritis: It is form of arthritis, somewhat related to rheumatoid arthritis. It typically affects the spine, joints, heart and eyes. ...Read more

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How do complementary doctors treat ankylosing spondylitis?

How do complementary doctors treat ankylosing spondylitis?

BE CAREFUL: As can be a serious disease and when progressive the spine can begin to fuse together. This makes chiropractic manipulation potential dangerous, accupuncture, massage, physical therapy under physician's orders and with therapists who know as, and aquatic therapy are options. ...Read more

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How to treat juvenile arthritis?

How to treat juvenile arthritis?

That is...: ...A very complex question involving a very complex condition. There are a number of protocols used, but the bottom line is that a specialist is generally required to taylor a medication regimen to your particular child. I don't think i can give a better answer in the 400 characters allowed. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

How do you diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

See answer: History, physical examination and some lab tests are usually all that is needed to make the diagnosis for someone with extensive experience with rheumatoid arthritis. There are diagnostic criteria to aid in the decision making process but they are not hard and fast rules. ...Read more

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How can you sleep with ankylosing spondylitis ?

Generally, what is : The most comfortable position although with ankylosing spondylitis there is a tendency to become less erect so stomach sleeping may help to counteract that tendency if tolerated. Most people find lying on there backs with the hips and knees slightly flexed or on their sides to be the most comfortable sometimes using a body pillow to help hold this position. ...Read more

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What can I do to address juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What can I do to address juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Medication : Pediatric rheumatologists specialize in these issues and can prescribe medications or groups of medications to address the underlying pathology. ...Read more

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How could you diagnose juvenile arthritis?

How could you diagnose juvenile arthritis?

By careful history,: physical examination, and blood tests, as with most disease conditions. ...Read more

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What can be done to cure psoriatic arthritis?

What can be done to cure psoriatic arthritis?

Psoriatic Arthritis: There are multiple treatments for psoriatic arthritis to control symptoms. It has also been associated with higher rates in smokers. Stop smoking if you do and see a rheumatologist for discussion of the best treatment for you. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose arthritis rheumatic and osteo?

How do you diagnose arthritis rheumatic and osteo?

Xam immaging, labs: These 2 entities have very different causes and footprints. Ra = lab test 4 r usually positive, multipal joints involved sed rates high 50-60, immaging=destructive of joint from outter edge inward. Osteoporosis. Osteo films show spurs, joint narrowing. Labs wnl, sed rate may b up a little. No osteoporosis, but sclerosis, more dense bone best i can do in 400 or less. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about early diagnosis and treatment to ankylosing spondylitis?

Can you tell me about early diagnosis and treatment to ankylosing spondylitis?

See details: Early diagnosis depends on a clinical picture consistent with the diagnosis and usually a positive blood test for the HLA-B27 antigen. X rays are often normal early in the disease but an MRI of the sacroiliac joints may show early erosive changes. ...Read more

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How to treat degenerative arthritis?

How to treat degenerative arthritis?

It depends: It depends on the area involved and the severity of involvement. Medications, injections, physical therapy and surgery may or may not be options. It depends. ...Read more

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How to determine juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is destroying you?

How to determine juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is destroying you?

I've never seen it!: Juvenile arthritis can be successfully managed with all of the new drugs available. Complications can always occur, but the condition which could be fatal is virtually no longer that. Make sure you are under the care of a rheumatologist. (i have never heard of jra put in such onerous terms!). ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat ankylosing spondylitis?

It depends: It depends somewhat of the severity of the disease but TNF agents such as Enbrel or Remicade (infliximab) are the mist effective therapies. ...Read more

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Juvenile spondylitis, spondyloarthritis, can you tell me more?

Information for you: The terms can be confusing and there are several different conditions that may be involved. To help you sort it out try these websites: http://www.Uptodate.Com/contents/ankylosing-spondylitis-and-other-spondyloarthritis-beyond-the-basics and http://www.Rheumatology.Org/practice/clinical/patients/diseases_and_conditions/spondylarthritis_(spondylarthropathy). ...Read more

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How does a dr diagnose psoriatic arthritis?

Psoriatic arthritis: The combination of psoriasis and arthritis on examination would indicate psoriatic arthritis. There is no blood test for it. In addition, arthritis with a family history of psoriasis could mean psoriatic arthritis. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how osteo arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis differ?

Can you please tell me how osteo arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis differ?

See below: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where your immune system is attacking your body including your joints. Osteoarthritis is not autoimmune and is what we call a "wear and tear" arthritis where the joints get damaged over time though things such as trauma to a joint tends to hasten the process. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and oa (osteoarthritis differ?

OA vs. RA: Osteoarthritis is a mechanical alignment problem or a result of post-traumatic intra-articular malalignment. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, when the body's own host immune system starts to work against itself. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Nelson
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Spondylitis (Definition)

An inflammatory condition of the spine such as ankylosing spondylitis. Spondy = spine ...Read more