In addition to analyzing your symptoms and clinical history, your doctor will perform a physical examination of the affected joints to determine your degree of inflammation, stiffness, and pain, in addition to requesting imaging studies such as MRI and X-rays to identify changes in the joints and bones, mainly in the spine and pelvis.
They will also request laboratory and blood tests to try to identify the HLA-B27 gene, whose presence is frequent in cases of ankylosing spondylitis.
The treatment plan focuses on minimizing the symptoms and delaying the complications and deformity of the spine, through the intake of the following drugs:
- Tumor necrosis factor blockers.
- Interleukin-17 inhibitors.
Physiotherapy turns out to be essential to relieve pain and improve strength and flexibility, whose exercises and programs will be designed according to your needs and abilities.
In advanced cases where the pain is too severe, you may be prescribed surgical treatments such as joint replacement or repair.
At the Orthopedics and Traumatology Center, we seek to improve the lives of patients restricted or immobilized by musculoskeletal disorders or injuries. We specialize in the care of the locomotor system by integrating the latest medical, biological, and technological advances, in strict adherence to the highest international standards of patient care.