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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Information About Ankylosing Spondylitis

We Have to Know about the Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of arthritis that mainly affects the lower back. It causes inflammation and damage at the joints and first affects the sacroiliac joints between the spine and the pelvis
  • It also can affect other areas of the spine and other joints, such as the knee. Eventually, inflamed spinal joints can become fused, or joined together so they can’t move independently

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  • Any pain in the vertebrae?

Causes of Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • It may run in families, although its cause is not understood
  • It most commonly strikes otherwise healthy young men
  • Men get this condition 10 times more often than women
  • The disorder most often appears between the ages of 20 and 40, but can develop in children

Do’s and Don’ts – Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • There is no way to prevent ankylosing spondylitis

Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • A person with ankylosing spondylitis commonly will feel pain or stiffness in the lower back, especially in the morning or after periods of inactivity
  • People can have pain and tenderness in the thighs, hips and other joints of the torso
  • Knees and ankles can be inflamed as well, although it usually affects no more than three or four joints in the arms and legs
  • Stiffness often improves with activity. People who have this disorder may get worse if they do not exercise regularly
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Bony fusion

Medical advice for Ankylosing Spondylitis

Contact a doctor if you have any symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis, especially:

  • Back pain and stiffness that gets worse gradually over weeks or months
  • Early morning stiffness that improves when you take a warm shower or do light exercise, especially if this symptom lasts for weeks or months

Risk factors of Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Any family history
  • Gene HLA-B27 is found in 85-95 % of people

Treatment for Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Medications[anti-inflammatory, immune suppressive therapy]
  • Physical Therapy and Exercise
  • Surgery is needed only if the disease has caused nerve damage in the spine or if joint damage is severe

Self-care for Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Regular exercises

Investigations for Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • CT Scan
  • MRI
  • X-Ray
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 Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis