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?
Treatment for Spondylitis aims at relieving pain and stiffness and to prevent spinal deformity. Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed to reduce inflammation due to Spondylitis. Cases that do not respond to NSAIDs may be given tumor necrosis factor (TNF). Physical therapy may provide relief from pain and increase mobility
DID YOU KNOW?
If the patient is a smoker, it is very important to quit smoking in order to help overcome spondylitis.