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What is ankylosing spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a kind of arthritis in which the joints of the spine are inflamed chronically for a long time.

It's also a systemic condition, which means it can affect various organs and tissues all over the body.

What are the signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis?

    • ache or stiffness inside the lower back
    • neck pain and fatigue


How is ankylosing spondylitis treated?

There is presently no treatment for ankylosing spondylitis. However, some remedies could assist lessen ache and symptoms.

  • Medication: includes anti-inflammatory drugs, ache relievers, biologic drugs, corticosteroids
  • Physical therapy: exercises to encourage range-of-movement stretching and preserve flexibility. Hot baths, heat therapy , and massages.
  • Surgery