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Case Studies | Health and Medical Sciences | India | Volume 12 Issue 9, September 2023
Effects of Siddha Therapy in Managing Pain, Stiffness and Mobility Levels Associated with Ankylozing Spondilitis - A Single Case Study
Dr. Bhuvanagiri Satya Sindhuja | Injarapu Sankar  | Dr. Ram Mohan Reddy | Dr. Shweta Tiwari
Abstract: Objectives: To study the effects of Siddha treatment in managing pain, stiffness, and mobility in a patient diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Methods & Methodology: A 38 - year - old man, a known case of Ankylozing Spondylitis since 10 years received treatment across a 32 - day period with a gap of two months in between. His pain, stiffness, and mobility were determined by Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index using visual analogue scales (VAS) daily during the initial and at closing time. Neck stiffness and spinal mobility was measured by Finger to floor test (FIF). The feedback of patient was taken for monitoring his improvement to supply pertinent information on quality of life. Results: All dependent variables showed improvement with stiffness intensity showing the greatest improvement, to a final value of 2 from an initial value of 9 - 10 in neck region and back. Pain in groin region reduced from 8 to 3. Duration of stiffness also showed improvement, to a final value of 2 from an initial value of 9. Improvement was also found in fatigue from initial value 8 to 3 and forward flexion reduced from 6' to 4'. Examination showed kyphosis and limited neck movement. His score on Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index was 7 at time of joining which became 3 at closure. Conclusions: Siddha therapeutic ways of Varmam points treatment shows positive results in almost all variables associated with Ankylozing Spondylitis with mild - to - moderate symptoms of AS.
Keywords: Ankylosing spondylitis, siddha therapy, Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Indexfatigue, Finger to floor test, quality of life
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 9, September 2023,
Pages: 218 - 221