What is Ankylosing Spondylitis? (Definition)
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a rare form of arthritis that mainly affects the spine. However, other joints can be affected as well. This causes the joints to swell and cause extreme discomfort. Over time, some of the vertebra in the spine may begin to fuse. There is no current cure for AS but there are treatment methods which can be taken to lessen the severity of the symptoms and possibly slow down the disease.
AS usually affects men more than it affects women.
Common symptoms include:
- Lower back pain/stiffness
- Buttock Pain
- Neck Pain/stiffness
- Hip pain/stiffness (especially after periods of inactivity)
- Eye inflammation
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