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Doctor insights on: Treating Ankylosing Spondylitis

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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 effective is celecoxib (Celebrex) for treating ankylosing spondylitis?

How effective is celecoxib (Celebrex) for treating ankylosing spondylitis?

May help pain: Celebrex (celecoxib) can relieve some of the symptoms, but will not change the anatomical issues. Physical therapy has a much better chance of assisting you. ...Read more

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Whats ankylosing spondilitis?

Whats ankylosing spondilitis?

Let us try to help: Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease that can cause some of the vertebrae in your spine to fuse together. This fusing makes the spine less flexible and can result in a hunched-forward posture. A severe case of ankylosing spondylitis can make it impossible for you to lift your head high enough to see forward. ...Read more

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What is ankylosing spondylitis?

No known cause: Ankylosing spondylitis has no known specific cause, though genetic factors seem to be involved. In particular, people who have a gene called hla-b27 are at significantly increased risk of developing ankylosing spondylitis. ...Read more

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Can ankylosing spondylitis be cured?

Can ankylosing spondylitis be cured?

No: This is an inflammation of the facets of the spine, the sacroiliac joint and rib facets related to an inherited deficiency of bodily antigen (termed hla b27). Treatment is very helpful and it tends to be episodic. The spondylitis part is when the facts fuse causing stiffness of the spine. You should be under the care of a rheumatologist for this. ...Read more

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How effective are disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs for treating ankylosing spondylitis?

Mainly Biologic DMAR: The biologic DMARDs are bioloigical disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. These type of DMARDS are effective in ankylosing spondykiitis (AS). The non biologic DMARDs in scientific studies have not shown much efficacy. You can discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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How effective are TNF inhibitors for treating ankylosing spondylitis?

TNF inhibitors: Tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-blocking therapy has been used successfully in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis. ...Read more

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How effective are etanercept injections for treating ankylosing spondylitis?

Many factors are -: -used to choose the proper drug 4 AS. entanercept (Enbrel (etanercept)) is a TNF inhibitor. it acts on TNF- alpha the master regulator of inflammation. it is a Cytokine that is the factor in inflammation. Enbrel (etanercept) acts as a decoy and binds TNF-alpha, and decreases the inflammation and improves people with AS. there R others 2 choose from so a detailed work up is needed. ...Read more

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Effective nonsurgical treatments for ankylosing spondylitis?

Effective nonsurgical treatments for  ankylosing spondylitis?

Medical treatment: Surgery is an option rarely taken and is of last resort. There is no cure but treatment exists that can change the lives of people with as. Whereas a progression to spine fusion and immobility was common in the past, current medications can lessen or even sometimes prevent such complications. The keys are early diagnosis and treatment by a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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For ankylosing spondylitis, how effective is remicade (infliximab) treatment?

It can be very : Effective with the use of this medication as this disease is an autoimmune one. However, one has to balance the risks and benefits of the use of this medication with other alternative treatments and the severity of the disease as well as any pre-existing other medical issues that may preclude its use. ...Read more

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Anyone tried enbrel (etanercept) for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

Anyone tried enbrel (etanercept) for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

Many patients: Rheumatoid arthritis can often be controlled with some of the newer medications including enbrel (etanercept). Many patients are saved from irreversible crippling of the joints. The key is to get early diagnosis and effective treatment to prevent worsening. Enbrel (etanercept) is a biologic response modifier meaning that the drug is made by a biological system. The drug can be very effective. Untreated RA has huge risks. ...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