The vertebral column is made up of thirty-three individual vertebra — they are grouped into seven cervical (neck), twelve thoracic (upper back), five lumbar (low back), and five sacral (fused to form part of the pelvis) and four coccygeal bones (also fused, form the tailbone). The column is flexible to aid mobility. It provides bony protection to the delicate spinal cord.
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine, although other joints can become involved. There is chronic inflammation of the spinal joints that over time (but not in all cases) results in new bone formation around the affected joints, causing the spine to fuse. This can create a forward-stooped posture. The condition is prevalent predominantly in young males.
Please consult with your medical professional for a complete diagnosis and treatment plan.
Under the direction of your medical professional and in conjuction with your advised treatment plan, any of the following Thermoskin products are recommended.
Adjustable Lumbar Support 8*227
Provides pain relief and compression for muscle injuries and general lower back dysfunctions; injuries to the lumbar discs and the sacro-illiac joint. This product has two flexible internal stays for additional support and adjustable elastic side straps for extra compression.
Adjustable Back Stabiliser 8*627
Provides compression and support for general lower back dysfunctions. Elastic Back has 4 internal stays for additional support, adjustable elastic side straps for extra compression, and lightweight breathable material for wearer comfort.