Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a form of inflammatory arthritis that primarily affects the spine, often leading to chronic pain and, in severe cases, disability. AS can also lead to pain and stiffness in other large joints, such as the shoulders, hips and knees.
Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis
Symptoms of AS tend to appear between the ages of 20 and 40. The most common symptoms are pain and stiffness in the affected area(s). Symptoms may develop slowly over time and include:
- Joint stiffness in the
- early morning
- Joint swelling
- Poor posture
- Low-grade fever
- Weight loss
Causes of Ankylosing Spondylitis
The exact cause of AS is currently unknown, although family history is believed to play a role. Men are also three times more likely to develop AS than women.
Treatments for Ankylosing Spondylitis
There is no cure for AS, and no current therapies can reverse its damage. However, several treatments may help to alleviate symptoms. These include a variety of self-care and medical interventions such as:
- Proper nutrition
- Physiotherapy (massage and spinal manipulation)
At ForCare Medical Center, we can help manage and treat your ankylosing spondylitis and find relief. Contact ForCare Medical Center today to schedule your appointment.