Ankylosing Spondylitis is a type of inflammatory arthritis affecting the spine and large joints. The symptoms include pain and stiffness from the neck to the lower back. The spine bones may grow together to an inflexible spine. The changes may be mild or severe as it varies from person to person and it may lead to a stooped-over posture.
HOW IS ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis is done based on the symptoms. Orthopedicians may confirm diagnosis via physical examination, X-rays of the back and pelvis, chest measurements while breathing and lab test results.
HOW IS ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS TREATED?
There is no cure for AS, although treatments and medications can reduce symptoms and pain. In some cases, a diet low that in starches and high in proteins and vegetables is of benefit for patients.
DID YOU KNOW?
In severe cases of Ankylosing Spondylitis, complete fusion and rigidity of the spine may occur.