Spondylitis is an inflammatory disease that can cause some of the vertebrae in your spine to fuse together. This fusing makes the spine less flexible and can result in a hunched-forward posture. If ribs are affected, it may be difficult to breathe deeply. Early signs and symptoms of spondylitis may include pain and stiffness in your lower back and hips, especially in the morning and after periods of inactivity.
HOW IS SPONDYLITIS DIAGNOSED?
The health care specialist will perform a physical examination and ask for details of medical history to diagnose the condition. The doctor may suggest X-ray, MRIs and blood tests to further diagnose the cause of the condition.
HOW IS SPONDYLITIS TREATED?
The treatment for spondylitis is multifold. It usually includes pain killer to manage pain along with physiotherapy and massage to provide relief from stiffness. Light exercises are suggested and braces for support or other similar devices are recommended. Surgery is sometimes mandatory if damage is acute.
DID YOU KNOW?
Though a spinal problem, this leads to acute pain in neck and shoulders to, making life very troublesome.