There are different infections that affect the spine of human beings. Ankylosing spondylitis is one of the common disorders that can cause some of the vertebrae in the spine to fuse together. Hence, the spine becomes less flexible and can cause a hunched-forward posture. It also affects men more than women globally. Ankylosing spondylitis previously also known as Bechterew’s disease or Marie-Strumpell syndrome is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting the axial skeleton. It is a kind of spondyloarthritis, chronic inflammatory arthritis where immune mechanisms are known to play key roles.
Ankylosing spondylitis is from the family of spondyloarthropathies that have a strong genetic susceptibility. Other members of the group include psoriatic arthritis and Reiter syndrome or [reactive arthritis]. It is in records that Ankylosing spondylitis affects between 150,000 and 300000 Canadians. It also affects men three times more than women. It also affects people of any age, but it appears at early ages of 15 to 30 years.
Ankylosing Spondylitis [AS] does not have any known symptoms. However genetic factors are known to have great effects on the affected individual. Individuals with a gene referred to as HLA-B27 are known to significantly increase the risk of developing Ankylosing Spondylitis. The symptoms of this disease are associated with inflammation of the spine joints and other organs.
The early signs and symptoms of the condition include lower pain and stiffness in the lower back and hips especially in the morning or after long periods of idleness. With time, the symptoms of Ankylosing spondylitis may worsen, stop completely or improve at certain irregular intervals. Areas in the body that are usually affected include the vertebrae on your back, the cartilage between your ribs and breastbone, where tendons and ligament link with the bones and on the lips and shoulder joints.
Any time you experience any of the abovementioned symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis; do not hesitate to seek help from a reputed doctor. In case of a red eye or blurred vision due to the effects of the condition, seek help of an eye specialist or ophthalmologist. How is Ankylosing spondylitis treated? This is a common question that many specialists or medical researchers have to answers. All in all, there is no cure for the disease.
There are treatments that can help reduce discomfort and improve the function of the affected areas. The core goals of the treatment are to reduce pain and stiffness. Treatments also offer an opportunity to prevent deformity, maintain good posture and perform daily chores at ease. Medications help provide relieve from pain and stiffness this includes NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin among others.
Exercise, physical therapy and surgery can also help get rid of this inflammatory disorder. Artificial joint replacement can also work miracles when it comes to treatment of ankylosing spondylitis. A lot of active research is taking place regarding Ankylosing spondylitis and related conditions. The relationship between infectious agents and factors triggering chronic inflammation are being pursued. This means there will be better medications and treatments in future for ankylosing spondylitis patients.