Ankylosing Spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory condition which mainly affects the lumbar spine, sacroiliac joint and the pelvis. Symptoms usually present gradually with those suffering from the condition complaining of a dull chronic ache in the lower back and gluteal region and accompanying stiffness which is particularly bad in the morning time.
Physiotherapy treatment consists of manual therapy techniques and mobilisation of the Lumbar spine and sacroiliac joint to help reduce stiffness and pain. Exercise protocols can also be introduced to improve mobility and build strength in the muscles that support the lower back and pelvis. Various massage techniques are sometimes employed by physiotherapists to manage pain and reduce muscle tension in the affected areas.