Ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is one of the spondyloarthropathies that is a form of joint inflammation. Ankylosing spondylitis causes joint pain, inflammation and stiffness however the exact cause of it is unknown. Ankylosing spondylitis typically affects people younger than 35 years old and is hereditary. It typically affects men more than women and may affect cause inflammation to the iris in the eye, inflammation in the heart valves, aorta, lungs and in some serve cases the kidneys and digestive tract.

Symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis causes inflammation most often located in the spine. It commonly causes spinal stiffness and low back pain. Swelling and limited motion in the spine, hips, low back, neck and chest wall is common. As ankylosing spondylitis progresses breathing can become difficult due to the lack of motion in the chest wall. In severe cases the affected joints in the spine may fuse together and this can place tension on other joints such as the shoulders causing stiffness and pain.

Treatment of ankylosing spondylitis

There is no cure for ankylosing spondylitis. All treatments including medications aim to control the symptoms. Your chiropractor or physiotherapist will aim to reduce pain, improve posture and give exercises to help your condition. The chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) work closely with the medical practitioners controlling your condition with clear communication. Our goal is to help with your pain, structure and mechanics are best we can.
Causes of low back pain

The following conditions are common causes of low back pain.