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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.
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Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.
Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease that, over time, can cause some of the vertebrae in your spine to fuse. This fusing makes the spine less flexible and can result in a hunched-forward posture. If ribs are affected, it can be difficult to breathe deeply.
Ankylosing spondylitis affects men more often than women. Signs and symptoms typically begin in early adulthood. Inflammation also can occur in other parts of your body — most commonly, your eyes.
There is no cure for ankylosing spondylitis, but treatments can lessen your symptoms and possibly slow progression of the disease.
Early signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis include pain and stiffness in the lower back and hips
The exact cause for ankylosing spondylitis is not known. It is said to be the result of a genetic change.
Other factors that could influence ankylosing spondylitis include:
Fusion of the vertebrae in the affected part is one of the main complications. This leads to:
Other complications noted include:
The primary diagnosis depends on physical examination which involves the movement of spine, legs, and the pelvis.
There is no cure for ankylosing spondylitis. Treatments aim at managing the symptoms.