What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?
A rheumatic disease, ankylosing spondylitis (AS) causes arthritis of the spine and sacroiliac joint.
Symptoms can include:
- Back pain
- Loss of spine flexibility
- Inflammation of the eyes, lungs, heart valves
- Swelling, stiffness of the spine, sacroiliac joints.
Careful clinical evaluations. Laboratory tests, including evaluations of sedimentation rate.
Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent pain and disability. Treatment includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications and requires rehabilitation therapy.
Ankylosing Spondylitis is treated by our Division of Rheumatology.