Ankylosing Spondylitis
 
 
Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of chronic inflammation of the spine and the sacroiliac joints. The sacroiliac joints are located in the low back where the sacrum (the bone directly above the tailbone) meets the iliac bones (bones on either side of the upper buttocks). Chronic inflammation in these areas causes pain and stiffness in and around the spine. Over time, chronic spinal inflammation (spondylitis) can lead to a complete cementing together (fusion) of the vertebrae, a process referred to as ankylosis. Ankylosis leads the immobility of the spine.

Ankylosing spondylitis is also a medical condition that affects other joints and organs as well. These kind of diseases are classified as systematic diseases. It could result in arthritis in joints of the knees, elbows, fingers, wrists, ankles and toes. Moreover, it could also affect various vital organs such as the heart and lungs.

Listed below are some of the signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis.

  • Inflammation of joints
  • Pain and stiffness in the neck and lower back, especially after periods of inactivity
  • Arthritis in the hips and shoulders may occur
  • Loss of spine mobility
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
 
 
Diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis

It is very difficult to accurately diagnose ankylosing spondylitis due the myriad of symptoms and overlapping symptoms with similar medical conditions. It often could take up to 8 – 14 years to accurately diagnose this medical condition and often this occurs when the spine is already fused together, which is the most identifiable characteristic. Often blood tests and X-rays would be taken.

 
 
Treatment of ankylosing spondylitis

There is no cure for this medical condition. However, medication could be taken to help alleviate the pain experienced due to the stiffness of joints. Surgery could be performed to restore the joints. Physical therapy could also be considered.

 
 
 
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Singapore 258499

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