Spondylitis is an inflammatory disease that causes some of your vertebrae to fuse together. Spondylitis causes pain and a reduction in the movement. If the ribs are affected by Spondylitis, it may cause difficulty in breathing. Symptoms of Spondylitis are:
• Stiffness of back, lower back and hips
• Pain in breast bone and ribs
• Pain in hip and shoulder joints
HOW IS SPONDYLITIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Spondylitis is done by an orthopaedic who would do a spinal X-ray along with scan or MRI if needed.
HOW IS SPONDYLITIS TREATED?
Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed. If this doesn't help then TNF blockers are suggested. Physiotherapy can be very helpful and in worst cases surgery is suggested. Homeopathic medicines also help in treating spondylitis.
DID YOU KNOW?
In a severe case of Spondylitis, the doctor may prescribe surgery to replace the damaged joint.