Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)

is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes arthritis of the spine, and other large joints. This condition causes inflammation of the spinal joints which can lead to persistent pain and stiffness from the neck down to the lower back. In some cases the bones in the spine may fuse together, resulting in a rigid spine and leading to a stooped‐over posture.

AS is a systemic disease, meaning symptoms may not be limited to the joints. Patients with this condition may also experience fever, fatigue, and loss of appetite. Some patients with ankylosing spondylitis have inflammation of the eye and in rare cases, lung and heart problems may develop.

Signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis typically begin in early adulthood and the conditions is more prevalent among men than women. There is no cure of AS; the goal of treatment is to reduce pain, prevent deformities and improve function.

Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis

The most common early symptoms include:
  • Constant stiffening and pain in the lower back and hips
  • Morning Stiffness
  • Limited Motion
  • Symptom improvement with exercise and unrelieved with rest
  • Joint pain in the knees, shoulders, upper back, rib cage, and feet
  • Eye inflammation


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