The condition is more common among men and usually begins in early adulthood.
Symptoms typically appear in early adulthood and include reduced flexibility in the spine. This reduced flexibility eventually results in a hunched-forward posture. Pain in the back and joints is also common.
Treatment includes medication, physical therapy, and in rare cases surgery.
- Bechterew's disease
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.
More than 200,000 cases per year in US
Treatments can help manage condition, no known cure
Requires a medical diagnosis
Often requires lab test or imaging
More common in males
Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
Family history may increase likelihood