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Acupuncture Treatment for Ankylosing Spondylitis
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a form of arthritis that causes
inflammation of the vertebra (spine). In severe cases it can lead to the
fusing of bones in the spine creating a bent-forward, stooped posture.
AS can cause severe, chronic pain, inflammation and stiffness, primarily
in the hips and lower back, but sometimes also in the shoulders, hands
AS is more prevalent among men. Mild to moderate cases of AS are often
treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in an
attempt to alleviate pain and stiffness. NSAIDs, however, are often
ineffective and long-term use can lead to significant side effects
damage and bleeding in the stomach and intestines. Experts say long-term use of these medications is questionable.
Corticosteroids and certain chemotherapy drugs, such as methotrexate,
are sometimes prescribed when NSAIDs fail to reduce pain and stiffness.
These medications also come with side effects that can be very serious,
sometimes even life threatening. Because of this, many doctors only
prescribe these for cancer.
TNF-blockers are another class of drugs used to treat AS. This class
includes the drugs adalimumab, certolizumab pegol, and golimumab.
Because of their effectiveness, these drugs are often prescribed for
rheumatological inflammatory disorders such as AS. However, these drugs
may lead to significant side-effects including reduced ability to fight
infection, heart failure, lymphoma (a type of cancer), and neurological
How We Can Help
At Maryland Holistics, we offer acupuncture
treatment to improve the comfort and quality of life for patients with
ankylosing spondylitis. Our treatments can help to reduce the pain and
stiffness of ankylosing spondylitis, generally without side-effects.
Acupuncture can be used with or without medications. Our practice does
not prescribe medications, but we can work with your rheumatologist or
other providers to develop a treatment plan or support to your current
Our goal is to help restore your health and vitality and promote a deep
sense of well being. We have served hundreds of patients with back pain
from a wide variety of causes, and many of our patients begin to
experience relief within 1-2 sessions. However, for chronic conditions,
most patients tend to see greater improvements after several months of
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About Maryland Holistics
Maryland Holistics LLC is the private practice of Dr. Eric Windsor, D.Ac., L.Ac.
Our serene, professional office is located in Ellicott City, MD.
Maryland Holistics has provided care to thousands of satisfied customers
since opening in 2009. Dr. Windsor is a preferred provider in the
CareFirst, Blue Cross Blue Shield, GEHA, and United Healthcare networks.
3525 Ellicott Mills Dr., Ste E
Ellicott City, MD 21043