NSAIDs Halt Damage in Spinal Arthritis

Interesting article that came out last week about anti-inflammatorys and their ability to “maybe” slow the progression of bony change of the spine in ankylosing spondylitis. I say maybe because the “cohort” that was used was really to small of a study and it was conducted only for 2 years. But hey it is a start. I was on NSAIDs for a pretty long time and if what they say in the study is true maybe that has been the reason the AS progression in my spine has been slow.

Read for yourself:

NSAIDs Halt Damage in Spinal Arthritis

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  1. The article did not say anything about spine surgery, sorry. What the studies concluded is that individuals in two seperate groups who have a diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis (radiographic spinal changes) and axial spondyloarthritis (non-radiographic spinal changes) showed a decline in the progression of bone changes in the spine if there were continuous NSAIDs in use. Now these studies were conducted for changes over a 2 year period, and I think that for significant proof these types of studies need to be conducted over a longer period, say 5 years, in order to determine if in fact NSAIDs do help in delaying the progression of spinal damage.But even with a 2 year study, the results are positive in that if you have no changes in the spine but have all the symptoms, NSAIDs might help in decreasing overall damage, and if you do have spinal/sacroiliitis the daily use of NSAIDs can decrease further spinal damage.Hope this helps! :0)

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