Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) clinic is a speciality clinic intended to take care and treat patients suffering from ankylosing spondylitis.
It is a collaborative effort under Dr Padmanabha Shenoy consisting of physicians and other paramedics.
This clinic is running once weekly on every Friday with state of the art facilities which comprises not only doctor consultation but also
undertaking disease awareness classes, lifestyle modification programs, physiotherapy sessions etc.
What is Ankylosing spondylitis ?
Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of arthritis that primarily affects your spine. It causes severe inflammation of the vertebrae
that might eventually lead to chronic pain and disability. AS has no cure, but medicines can relieve symptoms and may keep the disease from getting worse.
The cause of ankylosing spondylitis is currently unknown. The disorder does tend to run in families, so genetics probably play a role. If your parents or
siblings have ankylosing spondylitis, research estimates you’re 10 to 20 times more likely to have it than someone with no family history. It often appear
in younger adults between ages 20 and 40 and three times more common in males than females. Early diagnosis and treatment can delay the progression .
Eating a healthy diet, not smoking, and exercising can also help.
The main objective of this clinic is to ensure maximum medical attention and care to AS patients so that they can achieve remission
of disease and can improve quality of life in the most cost effective manner.
Evaluation of patients with a possible diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis or a related symptom.
Focus on patient education regarding disease, medications, lifestyle modifications and physiotherapy sessions.
Multidisciplinary team available onsite to provide comprehensive and coordinated care.
Utilization of the latest tools for assessing disease activity.
To provide patients with the highest quality of clinical care in a cost effective manner.
To give patients access to promising new therapies through clinical trials and research works.
To understand the basic immunologic processes underlying AS and to develop better diagnostic tool.
BASDAI-BATH AS DISEASE ACTIVITY INDEX
The BASDAI consists of 10cm visual analog scales used to
answer 6 questions pertaining to the 5 major symptoms
of AS: SCORE OF >4 INDICATES ACTIVE DISEASE