Ankylosing Spondylitis, (pronounced as ank-kih-low-sing spon-dill-eye-tiss) is a type of arthritis that mostly strike at the spine, however, other joints may also be affected. The condition causes swelling of the vertebral joints that causes severe chronic pain and uneasiness
In many severe cases the swelling of the vertebrae may result in Ankylosis, which is a new bone generation in the spine, leading the discs of the spine taking an immobilized rooted position
Ankylosing Spondylitis also induces, pain and rigidity in other parts of the body, such as the shoulder, hips, ribs, heels and small joints of the hands and feet. Sometimes the eyes are also involved and in rare cases the lungs and the heart can also be affected
The major indicative attribute of ankylosing spondylitis is the inclusion of the sacroiliac joint during the development of the disease. These joints are found at the end of the spine, where the pelvis bone is connected with the spine. However, it is important to take into account that the Ankylosing Spondylitis varies from individual to individual. Most often the individuals in their early adulthood and children suffer the condition
The mostly observed early symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis are constant pain and rigidity in the lower back and buttocks, which rise slowly over a time of weeks and months. At the initial stage the pain is only felt on one side. The pain spreads from one part of the body to another and is not restricted to one area. Usually in the night and morning the discomfort may increase. The early stages of Ankylosing Spondylitis are followed by mild fever and loss of appetite. The condition of Ankylosing Spondylitis is chronic in nature and the stiffness may spread to neck, ribs, shoulder blades, hips, thighs and heels, it can be debilitating and, in some cases, lead to disability.
What are the threats?
The chances that make liable an individual to Ankylosing Spondylitis;
- Testing positive for the autoimmune and immune mediated disease
- A family history of AS
- Frequent gastrointestinal infections
Dissimilar to other kinds of arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis the Ankylosing Spondylitis is observed among children and people from the age of 17 and 45
It is important to note that Ankylosing Spondylitis is a long lasting condition, and the severity is not restricted to the age and gender.
Remember! If you are experiencing even a mild symptom of Ankylosing Spondylitis you can manage it well, you must consult your physician once in a year to diagnose any of the underlying complications