Everything You Need to Know About Your Ischial Tuberosity:
What is Ischial Tuberosis?
Ischial tuberosities are small bumps on your spine that cause pressure on nerves and blood vessels in the back. They may or may not affect other parts of the body. There are two types of ischiatic spondyloarthropathies: Type 1 (also called “mild” or “minor” spondyloarthropathy) and Type 2 (also known as “severe” or “major”)
The most common type of ischial tuberousism is called mild spondyloarthritis. Mild spondyloarthritis affects the lower back, hips, knees, ankles and feet. It causes no problems with walking, sitting or standing up straight. However, it does affect balance and coordination. If left untreated, mild spondyloarthritis can lead to arthritis of the joints.
Type 2 (also known as “moderate” or “severe” spondyloarthropathies) is characterized by severe pain in one or both legs due to damage caused by a fall from height. The skin on the legs becomes red and shiny. This type of ischial arthropathy can be due to a fall from a height or an accident involving a heavy or sharp object hitting the legs, such as a hammer or piece of plate glass.
What are the symptoms of Ischial Tuberosity?
There are many symptoms that signal ischial disease. The most common symptoms of ischial spondyloarthropathy are pain, tenderness or other abnormalities in the skin, weight loss, fever, tiredness and general aches and pains.
Ischial Tuberosity Treatment:
There are many treatments available for people with ischial spondyloarthropathies. Your physician will help decide which treatment is right for you.
The most common treatments include:
Pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or paracetamol (known in the United States as acetaminophen), which reduce pain and lower fever.
Corticosteroids, which reduce inflammation in the body.
Immunosuppressives, which slow down your immune system to prevent it from attacking healthy cells in your body. These drugs also help to prevent your body from rejecting a donated organ.
Biologics, which reduce the activity of your immune system.
Surgery, which may be recommended if you experience pain, tingling or numbness in your legs or arms. Depending on the nature of your condition, surgery may involve fusing joints (such as the neck and back) to prevent movement. It may also involve the removal of a damaged disk between two vertebrae in your spine.
Ischial Tuberosity Exercises:
The following is a video that features an exercise routine designed to strengthen the core muscles. This routine is suitable for people with ischial spondyloarthropathies. Please discuss this program with your physician before beginning.
Please keep in mind that our videos feature visualization techniques and exercises that are not designed to treat or diagnose any medical condition. If you begin to experience any of the following symptoms, or if you experience pain not related to any of the movements demonstrated in the video, please seek medical attention:
Dizziness or faintness
Severe pain or numbness
Loss of motor skills
Loss of vision or hearing
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