HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – May 3, 2022 – World AS (ankylosing spondylosis) day is May 7. Chiropractic care is primary care musculoskeletal specialists who focus on the diagnosis and treatment of ankylosing spondylosis disorders, particularly the spine (1-3). “People with low back pain often go to a chiropractor first. Chiropractors can play a role in getting people with ankylosing spondylitis to medical treatment and managing it conservatively.” described by Dr. Eric Chun- Pu Chu, President of the Chiropractic Doctors Association of Hong Kong (CDAHK).
AS causes endemic inflammation of the spine, sacrum, pelvis, hips, and joints, leading to chronic pain, spinal fusion, and mobility issues. Chiropractors perform non-invasive treatment – on the spine or other parts of the body to correct spinal alignment (2-8), reduce pain (9-14), and improve mobility. They play a key role in conservative management and improve quality of life (15).
Since patients often have stiffness and back pain, the chiropractor might relieve their symptoms (16-20). Since patients’ spine can fuse with AS, chiropractic rehabilitation and exercise therapy are excellent conservative management to maintain spine mobility (21-25).
AS affects millions of people around the world. CDAHK supports World AS Day to raise the profile of this disease and increase awareness of the impact it has on the physical, mental and emotional health of chiropractic patients.
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2. Chu EC, Yau K, Ho V, Yun S. The evolutionary approach to the chiropractic patient journey. Asia-Pacific Chiropractic Journal. 2022 February; 2(5):2-8
3. Chu E. Smart Rehabilitation Clinic. Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic. 2022; 5(1):7-12
4. Chu ECP, Wong AYL. Change in pelvic incidence associated with sacroiliac joint dysfunction: a case report. Case J Med. Jan 2022;13(1):31-35
5. Chu C, Wong RS. Chiropractic control of pain in myelofibrosis: about a case. New horizons in clinical case reports. August 2017; 2:7-9
6. Chu ECP, Lee LYK. Pathology of the adjacent segment of the cervical spine: about a case. J Family Med Prim Care. 2022 Feb;11(2):787-789
7. Chu EC. Remission of headache and neck pain after chiropractic manipulative treatment in a patient with neurofibromatosis. Australian Chiropractic Journal. 2022 February; 49(1):8-18
8. Chu EC, Leung K, Ng LL, Lam A. Vascular thoracic outlet syndrome: a case report. J Contemp Chiropr. 2021 December; 4(1):142–145
9. Chu ECP, Wong AYL, Sim P, Krüger F. Exploring Scratch Therapy: Contemporary Views of Ancient Healing – A Review. J Family Med Prim Care. 2021 Aug;10(8):2757-2762
10. Chu EC, Lo FS, Bhaumik A. Secondary atlanto-axial subluxation in isolated cervical dystonia – a case report. AME Cas Rep. 2020;4:9
11. Chu EC, Butler KR. Resolution of gastroesophageal reflux disease after correction for upper cross syndrome – A case report and brief review. Convenient wink. 2021 May 21;11(2):322-326
12. Chu ECP, Wong AYL. Chronic orchialgia from lumbar disc herniation: case report and brief review. Am J Mens Health. 2021 May-June;15(3):15579883211018431
13. Chu EC, Wong AY, Lee LY. Craniocervical instability associated with rheumatoid arthritis: about a case and brief review. AME Case Rep. 2021;5:12.
14. Chu E. Thoracolumbar disc herniation: a hidden cause of monosymptomatic nocturnal enuresis. European Journal of Molecular and Clinical Medicine. April 2021; 8(3):2834-2840
15. Chu EC. Improvement of quality of life by conservative management of thoracic scoliosis at 172°: about a case. J Med Life. 2022 Jan;15(1):144-148
16. Chu ECP, Chakkaravarthy DM, Lo FS, Bhaumik A. Atlantoaxial rotational subluxation in a 10-year-old boy. Clin Med Insights Arthritis Musculoskeletal Disorder. 2020;13:1179544120939069
17. Chu ECP, Lo FS, Bhaumik A. Plausible impact of forward head posture on upper cervical spine stability. J Family Med Prim Care. 2020 May;9(5):2517-2520
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19. Chu ECP, Lo FS, Bhaumik A. Remission of recalcitrant dermatomyositis following chiropractic adjustment. J Family Med Prim Care. 2019 Nov;8(11):3742-3744
20. Chu ECP, Chan AKC, Lin AFC. Pitting edema in a poliomyelitis survivor with lumbar radiculopathy complicated by herniated disc. J Family Med Prim Care. 2019 May;8(5):1765-1768
21. Chu ECP, Lam KKW. Post-poliomyelitis syndrome. Int Med Case Rep J. 2019;12:261-264
22. Chu ECP, Bellin D. Remission of myasthenia gravis after cervical adjustment. AME Cas Rep. 2019;3:9
23. Chu ECP. Attenuation of walking decline in a woman with Parkinson’s disease: a case study. J of medical cases 13 (3), 140
24. Chu EC. Regression of lumbar disc herniation after non-surgical treatment. European Journal of Molecular and Clinical Medicine. 2020 July; 7(1):27-79
25. Chu EC, Wong AY, Lin AF. Isolated neck extensor myopathy associated with cervical osteoarthritis: case report and brief review. Clin Med Insights Arthritis Musculoskeletal Disorder. 2020;13:1179544120977844.