Arthritis in the Spine or Ankylosing Spondylitis.

Arthritis in the spine or Ankylosing Spondylitis. It starts with the inflammation of the ligaments around the spine. Arthritis in the spine differs from arthritis in the joints of the body. Commonly, Ankylosing Spondylitis starts in the sacroiliac joint at the base of the spine. 

It causes stiffness and pain in the base of the spine. As with arthritis, the bone grows around the joint to protect it, but the bone then fuses together causing the stiffness and pain. As the conditions becomes more inflamed, over time, so the condition may spread to other parts of the body. 

Exercise is recommended but caution is to be taken not to aggravate a flare-up or induce any discomfort due to exercise. Muscle soreness after exercise is perfectly normal. Prolonged discomfort which may last a week or more is not. 

Listen to your body

How often do we take notice of what or bodying telling us? We may have  pain in the foot, knee, hip or shoulder and say, its nothing, it’ll go away.  Poor biomechanics can often aggravate a health condition such as arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis.

Listening to your body and getting your posture analysed will help you understand why you get occasional discomfort in the same part of your body. It can alos help to alleviate the muscle imbalce which may be caused by arthritis in the spine.

In Patrick Holford’s Say No To Arthritis, he recommends good posture whilst sitting, standing and walking to reduce your pain.

The right exercise

Once you know what it is you’re dealing with, eg arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis or incorrect biomechanics, you can do something to reduce the pain and discomfort you’re in. Stewart McGill’s Back Mechanic has a 3 exercise programme for muscular-skeletal discomfort. A programme we are using in our current Pilates classes. Pilates classes. 

Join the discussion on Spinal Health on our Facebook page. See my Facebook Lives and other information. Then you can choose the right exercise for you.


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