Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a disease that reduces the motive power of the spine, leads to poor posture and pain in the future, and reduces the quality of life of the person. With timely interventions and treatments, symptoms and pain can be minimized.

Aim in the RTM system is not to take actions that will directly eliminate the symptoms that are the reflection of this disease, but to reveal the causes of individual ankylosing spondylitis and to determine the source part of the disease. In the treatment, the aim is to eliminate the source of the disease and to restore the cellular functions and architecture in the problem area to normal.

Let’s glance shortly at Ankylosing spondylitis…

What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis, known as spinal or lumbar rheumatism, is a painful and inflammatory type of rheumatism that mostly occurs at a young age and affects the joint between the spine and hipbone and the spine.

What Causes Ankylosing Spondylitis?

The exact cause of Ankylosing Spondylitis has not been determined yet. However, several genetic factors are thought to play a role in the occurrence of the disease. In particular, the gene called HLA-B27 has been shown to greatly increase the risk of the disease, but only a fraction of people with this gene develop Ankylosing Spondylitis. This finding suggests that various environmental factors also play a role in the triggering mechanism of the disease.

What are the Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Early symptoms are pain and stiffness in the lower back and hip region, especially in the morning and after long periods of inactivity. Fatigue and neck pain are also among the most common symptoms. It is typical for the pain to decrease with exercise and increase after rest. Symptoms of the disease may be relieved, increased or completely stopped at irregular intervals.

In addition, symptoms such as redness, pain, sensitivity to light or blurred vision may be experienced in the eyes.

Who gets ankylosing spondylitis?

Ankylosing Spondylitis development rate is higher in men than in women. The onset of illness usually occurs in late adolescence or early adulthood.

How is Ankylosing Spondylitis Diagnosed?

First of all, the patient’s history and genetic history are examined in detail. Physical examination and tests are applied to investigate the limitation of movement. The diagnosis can be made after the necessary radiological imaging and laboratory tests are performed.

Approach to Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease in the RTM System

An Outlook on the Cause of Ankylosing Spondylitis in the RTM System

Our body is in a constant balance against internal and external factors. With this balance, life continues by developing. Diseases occur when a disruption or problem occurs in the balance process. We can see diseases as a new balance or new adjustments created in the body for the continuation of life against internal and external negative conditions.

In the RTM System, there is a source model called the Triad of Disease, which causes new settings in the Body to come into play. This triple structure, which includes Body Pollution, System Disorders and Code Changes in DNA (Epigenetics), functions as follows in Ankylosing spondylitis:

Contamination; We call the accumulation of toxins in the body contamination. These toxins can be in the form of sometimes we are exposed to, sometimes free radicals that are constantly produced in the mitochondria, and sometimes general wastes that arise as a result of the body’s metabolic activities.

Sometimes the inadequacy of the detox, that is, the cleansing systems, and sometimes the defects in familial gene transmission can be effective in the pollution processes of the body.

Liver, Skin, Kidney and Lung have been assigned to organize our body’s detox activities. Thanks to the detox organs, the accumulated wastes are removed from our body. Defects or insufficiency in the detox organs for various reasons (insufficiency due to excessive toxin exposure) will cause toxin accumulation in the tissues backwards. Toxins will begin to accumulate first in the blood and then in the related tissue.

The body is informed by the disruption in detox processes. As a result of this information, the relevant structures are activated. At first, the defense system temporarily takes over the detox process and reflexively increases the defense cells. If the toxic process continues, then the body switches to permanent information changes in the DNA and the defense cells are permanently increased.

Also,  we now have defense and defense cells that act according to the toxic level. At first this seems fine. Since the troublesome situation caused by the toxicity has been resolved, albeit temporarily. However, in order to ensure this situation, more defense cells are active than necessary, and accordingly, there is a constant state of alarm. This process, which can be tolerated at first, opens the door to new patterns later on. Cells, which are quite large in number, do not stay idle over time and constantly determine new working processes for themselves. Over time, defense cells begin to shift the processes of reducing the toxic load in the blood to the tissues where toxic accumulations are present. This action is the first signals of a new pattern process because the tissues with the accumulations begin to become the target of the defense cells over time. The defense response, which is general at first, becomes tissue-specific over time because the tissues related to new information were also perceived as harmful.

SYSTEMS DETERIORATION; Sometimes, our defense system may become irregular and inadequate due to recurrent infections or intensive antibiotic use or familial infrastructures. In the face of this situation, the body reveals new settings for defense. Although inadequacy is perceived as scarcity, the body exhibits the opposite transition with new adjustments. With this transition, it protects itself against future actions. Even if it is not necessary, it activates the backup defense cells as if it is needed and increases the defense level to one when it should be. When attacked, these cells take action and coordinate the defense. But even if the danger situation is over, these cells always remain in the attack state. However, it has no specific task and no cell to attack. That is, these cells are both active and non-functional and empty. So, what do these redundant circulating defenseless cells do?

Deteriorations in other systems appear as a chronic disease if the defense system is intact. However, if there are deteriorations in the other system in addition to the deterioration in the defense system, the defense cells can take on the task of correcting these deterioration and try to correct them. For example, as a result of deterioration in the detox systems or insufficiency of the circulatory system, the wastes of the joint will accumulate in the joint. In this case, the defense cells circulating in the circulation without any task will directly wage a war against these accumulations.

INFORMATION EXCHANGE IN DNA; Causes such as contamination in the body or malfunctions in the systems we have explained above cause information changes in DNA, and as a result of this information change, defense cells increase. These increased defense cells will fight the toxins or metabolic wastes accumulating in the joints and become specific.

Treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis in the RTM System

In the RTM System, the disease process is actually new set points necessary for the continuation of life. The main purpose of treatment is not to eliminate the symptoms of the disease, but to resolve the disease triad that is the source of the problem with the TREATMENT TRIAD.

Treatment Triad  aims to initiate the detox process in order to return to the normal state of balance in the body, to resolve the inflammation that occurs due to the increase in regional toxic load and the degeneration process that occurs as a result. Thanks to the detox in the body, it is aimed to regulate the microcirculation in the region, to withdraw the inflammation and degeneration processes, and thus ,to ensure the normal cellular cycle. The main purpose is to eliminate the imbalance in the systems, to open the blockages in the circulatory processes, to ensure the flow and to normalize the immune responses. Ultimately, it is aimed to return the epigenetic changes in DNA to the primary set points by providing the body’s detox activities and regulating the deteriorated systems. Another important point here is that the process is carried out by taking into account the individual differences.

The main part of the treatment triad is RTM Phytotherapy. The phytotherapy protocol is determined by evaluating the detailed anamnesis, laboratory and imaging findings of the individual, and measurements specific to RTM clinics. With the RTM Phytotherapy protocol, the disease trait, which forms the source part, is withdrawn and treatment is applied. It is aimed to normalize the epigenetic changes in DNA, which determine the new tuning constants, by informing the body with the seed parts of the plants. In order to adapt the body to the process of normalization of this information, the treatment triad is activated in order to accelerate the detox activities in the body and regulate the systems by using the leafy parts of the plants. When the disease triad is withdrawn, it is aimed that the body will automatically return to the norm form.

In addition, in ankylosing spondylitis, it is aimed to accelerate regional detox activities and to make microcirculation sufficient with cupping and regional ozone injections, and to open blockages in energy meridians and to eliminate fascia blockages with acupuncture and fascia modulation.

In order to accelerate the treatment process, other traditional medicine methods such as Manual therapy, Magnetic field, Laser, USG ESWT treatment can also be planned according to the needs of the patient.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Surgery Have a Place in the Treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis?

In the advanced stage of the disease, where severe pain and severe limitation of movement are experienced, hip prosthesis can be applied in some patients. Spine surgery may be needed in severe deformities. Surgical interventions can also be applied to eliminate neurological damage depending on canal stenosis.

What Does “Inflammatory Low Back Pain” in Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Mean?

Although inflammatory low back pain refers to inflammatory low back pain, the inflammation in question is not due to the infection. Contrary to mechanical low back pain, its most prominent feature is that it worsens with rest and improves with movement.

Where does ankylosing spondylitis cause pain? How does it affect life?

It usually presents itself with a mild back or hip pain. Pain and swelling may occur in the hands, feet, knees, hips, shoulder joints and rib cage. In the advanced stages of the disease, limitation of movement can be added to the pain and stiffness experienced due to the fusion of the vertebrae, and the spine may curve forward, causing a hunched posture. In general, it is a disease that negatively affects a person’s mental and physical quality of life.

Do patients with ankylosing spondylitis have children?

Symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis may decrease during pregnancy. In some patients, even the need for medication may decrease during pregnancy, but may increase again after delivery. It is preferable to approach the natural as much as possible and to spend this period with the right exercises. Cesarean section is not a general necessity, normal delivery can be done if the doctor deems it appropriate.

Do patients with ankylosing spondylitis have a child?

Ankylosing spondylitis can be transfer as inherited. It has been reported that 20% of the patients have another family member with the same disease. However, the risk of developing the disease in a child of a person with ankylosing spondylitis is less than 10%. In other words, with a probability of over 90%, the child will not develop Ankylosing spondylitis.

There is no specific laboratory test for the disease. Some tests, such as CRP or erythrocyte sedimentation rate, can show inflammation in the body, but these values may not be high in every case of Ankylosing spondylitis.

How does ankylosing spondylitis affect the heart?

Although it is not common, the heart muscle and aorta may be affected during the course of the disease. In some cases, heart attacks may occur due to a tendency to atherosclerosis. Essentially, Ankylosing spondylitis is a disease that particularly affects the spine and joints.

How does ankylosing spondylitis affect the eye?

About ⅓ of patients sometimes experience a condition such as redness, pain, or blurred vision in the whites of one or both eyes lasting several days or longer. This condition, which can also show repetitive features, is called uveitis in medicine.

What is the difference between ankylosing spondylitis and ALS?

Ankylosing spondylitis disease affects the spine, hips and joints, restricting mobility. In ALS, the loss of motor nerve cells disrupts the communication of the brain with the muscles, leading to weakness and atrophy in the muscles. Therefore, the muscles become inoperable.

How do ankylosing spondylitis patients sleep?

The supine sleeping position has a positive effect on alleviating the symptoms of Ankylosing spondylitis by preserving the natural curvature of the spine.

Does ankylosing spondylitis affect the immune system?

The function of the immune system (immune system) is to protect the body from diseases and infections. However, since this system is defective in autoimmune diseases, it attacks healthy cells and causes diseases by affecting many tissues and organs. Ankylosing spondylitis, which is a type of autoimmune disease, causes the vertebrae to stick together and cause limitation of movement.