What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?
Ankylosing Spondylitis is an inflammatory condition associated with back pain and significant stiffness that is usually worse in the morning. Over time this inflammation can cause limitation in the range of motion of the spine and may even result in fusion of the bones in the spine. This disease has a strong genetic component. There is no known cause of Ankylosing Spondylitis and there is no cure, but highly effective treatments exist that are able to control symptoms and slow the progression of the disease.
What are the symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis?
-Back pain that is worse in the morning and improves with activity
-Swelling and pain in joints such as the knees, ankles, shoulders
-Sudden onset of red painful eyes known as Uveitis
How is Ankylosing Spondylitis diagnosed?
A careful history and physical exam are most important to determining if Ankylosing Spondylitis is present. Certain labs checking for Inflammation, Genetic Markers and X-rays help confirm the diagnosis, however, in early stages of disease X-rays may be completely normal.
How is Ankylosing Spondylitis treated?
There are several treatments for this disease that can slow or stop disease progression and even achieve remission. We offer several Infusion Treatments that are highly effective as well as oral medications. Physical therapy also helps to maintain and possibly improve range of motion.