Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an arthritic condition that affects the joints of the spine, causing inflammation, severe pain and stiffness in the back. As the condition progresses, the inflammation of the spinal joints may cause the entire spine to fuse together, causing severe immobility and deformity (i.e the spine is locked in a bent position). In some patients the peripheral joints like the hips and knees can also be affected.

What are the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis?

The first signs of ankylosing spondylitis are pain and stiffness in the lower back. This is especially bad in the morning on getting up. This is quite different from back strain which is better after rest. Occasionally this may be associated with pain in the hips and knees. As the condition progresses, the pain and stiffness can affect the entire spine and last the whole day.

This causes difficulty in walking, getting out of bed, bending forward and other activities of daily living. Patients with active AS often experience fatigue, poor appetite and weight loss. The eyes can also be affected in AS and the symptoms include redness of the eyes, increased sensitivity to light and blurred vision.

How is ankylosing spondylitis treated?

There is currently no cure for ankylosing spondylitis but the condition is not beyond help.

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