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Understanding Ankylosing Spondylitis Forestier Syndrome: A Brief Overview

Managing Ankylosing Spondylitis with Chiropractic and Physical Therapy
Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis Forestier Syndrome, also known as Forestier's disease or diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH), is a relatively rare but potentially debilitating condition that affects the spine. While Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) primarily affects the sacroiliac joints in the pelvis and the spine, Forestier's syndrome primarily involves the ossification of ligaments and tendons along the spine, leading to stiffness and reduced mobility.

This condition often manifests as abnormal bone growth along the sides of the vertebrae, causing them to fuse together over time. As a result, individuals with DISH may experience symptoms such as chronic back pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion in the affected areas.

While the exact cause of Ankylosing Spondylitis Forestier Syndrome remains unclear, factors such as age, genetics, and metabolic disorders may contribute to its development. Additionally, certain lifestyle factors such as obesity and sedentary habits may increase the risk of developing this condition.

Early diagnosis and management are crucial in mitigating the progression of Ankylosing Spondylitis Forestier Syndrome. Treatment typically involves a combination of medication to manage symptoms, physical therapy to maintain flexibility and mobility, and lifestyle modifications such as regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.

It's important for individuals experiencing symptoms of chronic back pain or stiffness to seek medical evaluation, as prompt diagnosis and intervention can significantly improve outcomes and quality of life.

For more information on Ankylosing Spondylitis Forestier Syndrome, you can visit reputable sources such as the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) website ( or the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) website (

Remember, early detection and proactive management are key in managing Ankylosing Spondylitis Forestier Syndrome and maintaining a good quality of life for those affected.


Chiropractic, Physical Therpay, Acupuncture and Massage Therapy can help manage Symptoms. Call Kailua Wellness Center today at (808) 261-8181.

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