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Ankylosing Spondylitis: Arthritis and Back Pain

By    |   Thursday, 15 Oct 2015 05:38 PM

Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of spinal arthritis that causes back pain.

Unlike ordinary back pain that occurs as a result of trauma and stress on the spine, it is a chronic condition. Ankylosing Spondylitis results from inflammation of the vertebrae.

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Pain and stiffness typically occur intermittently in bursts, according to Healthline. Inflammation may spread to other areas, particularly knees and ankles, eyes, and intestines. In advanced cases, growths may cause bones to fuse together.

About one in 1,000 people have Ankylosing spondylitis, Everyday Health reported. Diagnosing it early can help prevent further deterioration and eventual disabilities and deformities.

Most ordinary back pain gets better within a week to a month, but lower back pain that lasts longer and spreads throughout the body is a “red flag” for Ankylosing spondylitis, Rochella Ostrowski, assistant professor of rheumatology at the Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Illinois, told Everyday Health. Ankylosing spondylitis’ hallmark is pain where the spine meets the pelvic bone.

"Symptoms are worse in the morning and improve with activity — the opposite of common back pain," Ostrowski said.

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Though anyone of any age could develop the disease, it is most common and easier to diagnose in young men. Research seems to indicate genetics plays a role in the likelihood of obtaining the arthritis, Healthline noted.

You are more likely to develop Ankylosing spondylitis if a family member is diagnosed with it, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. It’s three times more commonly diagnosed in Caucasians.

Based on symptoms and X-rays showing swelling in the back of the pelvis, doctors can determine if a person has Ankylosing spondylitis.

Over-the-counter drugs may help to treat the pain, but once diagnosed, doctors may prescribe biological therapies that are specific toward inflammation to slow the progression of the disease, according to Healthline.

Paying attention to posture and body position may also lessen pain. Keeping active and exercising daily can also help. Paired with a healthy diet, this can help manage weight and reduce stress on joints as well.

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