A common slip and fall can lead to a fractured spine very quickly for those with Ankylosing Spondylitis.
Ankylosing Spondylitis patients can suffer some of the dumbest injuries. Simple motions can injure tendons and tear muscles, this is caused by the stiffness that accompanies this disease. Joints popping in and out of socket are not as fun as it sounds and originates from the hyper-mobility that can accompany with Ankylosing Spondylitis. Spinal fractures are all too common and can even come from improper handling by our doctors. Surprising I know! You see the fusion doesn’t create strong healthy bone –instead, it’s porous, and weak, and prone to many serious injuries. Bending to get the dog food, sweep the floor, and reaching for your shoes can lead to a horrible accident. New research shows just how weak and reveals how common spinal fractures are in those with Ankylosing Spondylitis. It was quite an eye opener to me and I think this bit of info is very important for those with and without Ankylosing Spondylitis to know.
You turn your neck and hear the crackle and feel the snap and you know you’re in trouble!
My hands are greatly affected by Ankylosing Spondylitis and it’s led to secondary Rheumatoid Arthritis. My fingers can get stuck in all kinds of positions. Do I force them back or wait it out? It’s a “roll of the dice” honestly, because both are painful and both have led to injury. Trying to get into shape with a light jog of not even thirty feet and I was rewarded with both legs raging from shin splints that even with physical therapy took months to walk correctly again! Stubbing my toe ended with a fractured bone clear through the joint and left my on crutches.
The problem with all these stupid injuries is now you have to heal. It’s not easy for someone with an auto-immune disease (even more so for those also taking immunosuppressive medications) to heal. It was a long time before my silly injuries healed. So long in fact that my physical therapist reached his limit and hoped he didn’t have to see me again. He was kind enough to set me up with a great game plan, but it was months instead of days before the healing had completed.
We can’t prevent most of what this disease does to us but a few simple steps here could make a huge difference in the outcome.
Here’s some advice from an old Spondy-
The second most important thing to do is exercise! Strengthen that back and all those core muscles. Pilates, Yoga, Warm Water Exercise, and Tai Chai are all recommended by SAA. Be sure to get into physical therapy to get set up on a routine that works for you.
Be safe my Spondy Family we must take care of ourselves and respect our body and it’s limitations!
Here’s a link for the study on fractures and the first responder video;