World Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS ) Day 2017 celebrated at Paras Hospital , Gurgaon on 6th May, 2017

50 Physiotherapists across Gurgaon attended the workshop 

Dr Indrajit Agrawal HOD Rheumatology while addressing the Gurgaon Physiotherapists and patients said “Every year the first Saturday of May is celebrated as World AS Day to promote awareness of this disease which unfortunately affects the spine causing pain and stiffness among young people”.

Although this disease can occur at any age, AS most often strikes men in their teens and twenties. It is less common and generally milder in women. AS affects about 12.5 lacs people in India.

Common symptoms are pain and early morning stiffness in the lower back which gradually affects the whole length of spine. Inflammation in the ligaments and tendons may cause ankle pain and swelling. People with this condition may also have fever, fatigue, weight loss, red painful eyes. “It’s often confused with TB in India” which is rather unfortunate says Dr. Indrajit Agrawal HOD Rheumatology


Cause for Ankylosing Spondylitis is unknown but there is a strong genetic and family link. Most people with AS will Carry a gene called HLA-B27.

Diagnosis is based on pain and stiffness of spine, X-ray or MRI of the back and pelvis and blood tests like HLA- B27.

Daily exercise and physiotherapy are must. Swimming is excellent form of exercise for people with AS. Pain killers and NSAID’s ( ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin ) are commonly prescribed. Some patients require DMARD’s ( Methotrexate and Sulphasalazine ). New treatments like biological therapies are very effective but costly. Good news is that biosimilars ( Intacept, Infimab, Adalirel ) are available and made in India at a much cheaper price.

Patients shared their experiences in the meeting. Most encouraging signs were that all the patients reported great deal of improvement with medical treatment and exercises.

admin is an online Health Portal. This platform provides valuable health information for managing health, better lifestyle & support to those who seek information on health issues. Our contents are timely and credible. is a growing web portal with many columnists & writers contributing from all over India.


  1. I’m impressed, I need to say. Actually rarely do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me inform you, you might have hit the nail on the head. Your concept is outstanding; the issue is one thing that not sufficient people are speaking intelligently about. I’m very pleased that I stumbled across this in my search for one thing referring to this.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Previous Story

“State-of-the-Art” Rehab Lab launched at Fortis Escorts, Delhi in collaboration with Abhinav Bindra

Next Story

Arm Pit test to determine heat strokes and dehydration

Latest from Latest