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Information about Spondylitis


Spondylitis is one of health conditions that is capturing more number of people everyday. Here is a short write-up on Spondylitis or Ankylosing Spondylitis as it is often called that will help you know more about the symptoms and treatment of the condition.

  1. What is ankylosing spondylitis?
    Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of chronic inflammation of the spine and the sacroiliac joints that are located in the low back. It causes pain and stiffness in and around the spine.
  2. What causes ankylosing spondylitis?
    The tendency to develop ankylosing spondylitis is believed to be genetically inherited.
  3. What are the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis?
    The pain and stiffness in the low back, upper buttock area, neck, and the remainder of the spine and also fatigue. The onset of pain and stiffness is usually gradual and progressively worsens over months. The symptoms of pain and stiffness are often worse after prolonged periods of inactivity.
  4. How is ankylosing spondylitis diagnosed?
    The diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis is based on evaluating the patient’s symptoms, a physical examination, X-ray findings, and blood tests.
  5. What are treatment options for ankylosing spondylitis?
    The treatment of ankylosing spondylitis involves the use of medications to reduce inflammation in the spine and other joints and/or suppress immunity to stop progression of the disease. Physical therapy and exercise help improve posture, spine mobility, and lung capacity.

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