Ankylosing Spondylitis is an arthritic condition which normally affects the sacroiliac joints, spine and the lower back. This condition includes erosion of bone along with increased bone formation in the spine which ultimately leads to bone infusion. In severe cases, this can lead to spinal deformity. In a severe condition, the affected might face a stooped-over posture. Although this condition can happen at any age, men in their teens and 20s can face this condition.
Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis
If you are facing constant stiffness and pain in the buttocks, lower back and hips and the pain continues for more than three months, it is time to consult a doctor. As it mostly occurs in the lower part of the spine where it joins the hip known as sacroiliac joints, the pain occurs mostly in the lower back.
As this condition causes an overgrowth of bones and leads to an abnormal joining of bones, it can affect the bones of the hip, neck or back and impair the person’s ability to perform normal routine activities. Like, the fusion of ribs to the spine or the breastbone may actually prevent a person to expand his or her chest when they take a deep breath.
Spondylitis also affects the tendons and ligaments attached to the bones leading to tendinitis or inflammation of the tendon. You might experience stiffness and pain in areas beneath the heel like the Achilles tendon positioned at the back of the ankle.
People suffering from this particular condition can experience fatigue and tiredness and lacks energy to complete normal tasks. It might affect the eyes like the iris which leads to a condition known as uveitis or iritis. If the condition remains untreated, it can lead to blindness as well.
Causes of Ankylosing Spondylitis
Although the causes of Ankylosing Spondylitis is still unknown, doctors have found a strong family or genetic link with the disease. It has been found that people suffering from this condition is known to carry a gene known as HLA-B27. X-Ray reports of the pelvis region and the back can actually tell you whether you are suffering from this condition or not. Measurement of the chest while breathing also helps the doctor to understand whether or not the person is suffering from this condition.
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Cure of Ankylosing Spondylitis
Till now, it has been noted that there is practically no cure of Ankylosing Spondylitis; but there are treatments which can reduce the discomfort. The goal of this treatment is to reduce the stiffness, pain, maintain a good posture and reduce chances of deformity.