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.

A type of arthritis in the spine, causing inflammation and gradual fusing of the vertebrae.
  • Bechterew's disease

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources:  Mayo Clinic and others.


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Cases per year

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

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