its really a very stressful condition which needs treatment as well as some psychological support too.if he is having pain along with the stiffness, he should go to a physiotherapist.
go to a physio and there he will get done stretching exercises of hip, knee and ankle to relax his muscles and to increase the range motion. Some exercises to increase the muscle strength should also be done.they will make you learn the postural correction. If having some pain , electrotherapy modalities can be used to decrease pain. then you can learn some exercises for home and go to the physio for follow up care...thanks...take care.
avoid assuming prolonged posture,avoid cold exposure, sit tall, do frequent body movements,engage in some activities.
Hello there ....well Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a streesful condition ...so i can underatand your problem...also it does affect young males from 18-40 age group more.... to be very honest with you there is no 100% cure for AS but with medication,exercises and posture correction the symptoms of diseases and quality of life can be improved ..... is HLA b27/ RA factor positive for your brother,what is the latest MRI report?......pain is a symptom which can be taken care of....but the latest condition of the spinal bone structures needs attention also the furthur goal of treatment weather medication or Physical therapy ...would depend on that.
Regards & take care.
There are many people suffered from this disease. I am mentioning here because they are happy by doing exercise daily and time to time comes for follow up. Ask You brother to consult physio and follow the given program.
well in AS , one certainly has to keep themselves physically fit (low body weight and High Muscle Strength) and keep moving the body parts.
If not able to walk is only difficulty then probably there is a compression of nerves which supply (lumbar region) lower extremity. If there is also a difficulty in moving Upper extremity then the compression is from NECK (cervical Region) and carefully therapy mobilization and strengthening along with traction would be required.
THE THerapy should that would be done will include releasing the compression (traction), + Muscle Release, + Stretching, +strengthening of mucle group,
Check with a PROFESSIONAL AND ONLY QUALIFIED PHYSIOTHERAPIST SPECIALISED IN NEUROLOGICAL or ORTHOPAEDIC stream so that he knows what exactly has to be done . and does it properly.
Please DONT RUSH THE PACE OF TREATMENT , IT WILL BE SLOW BUT STEADY, and EXPENSIVE (because of Longer Duration) but results are pretty good. STAY HEALTHY