Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of arthritis that mainly affects the spine. It is also known as rheumatoid ankylosis and is a chronic condition. There are chances that other joints of the body may also get affected. The inflammation of the spinal joints can cause severe pain and discomfort. In a few acute cases this inflammation can lead to the formation of a new bone on the spine. This condition will fuse the spine in a fixed position thus making it immobile and stooping it forward. Ankylosing spondylitis can also cause inflammation, pain and/or stiffness in the small joints of the hands and feet, shoulders, hips, ribs and heels. This disease affects men more than it affects women.
Ankylosing spondylitis symptoms
Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic form of arthritis. The main symptoms include:
Pain caused due to this condition may develop gradually over months and increase with heavy activity. It is likely to aggravate in the mornings.
Physical therapy for Ankylosing spondylitis
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