A very common kind of arthritis that affects the spine is Spondylitis, which is of various types. The most common kinds of symptoms that one experiences here include pain in both the tendons and the ligaments, trouble inducing physical exercises and sitting makes it worse. Besides the pain and swelling, there is also a lot of stiffness in these areas. Dizziness is also common.
HOW IS SPONDYLITIS DIAGNOSED?
An Orthopedic diagnoses Spondylitis by performing a physical exam and imaging tests such as X-ray, MRI and blood test to check for inflammation.
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?
Types of spondylitis include: cervical spondylitis – which affects the cervical spine, causing pain to spread the back of the neck, lumbar spondylitis – which causes pain in the lumbar region, and ankylosing spondylitis- which is primarily a disease that affects the sacroiliac joints, causing stiffness in the neck, jaw, shoulders, hips and knees.