Ankylosing spondylitis (AS)

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What is ankylosing spondylitis (AS)?

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) causes inflammation in the joints of your spine, leading to pain and stiffness. It can sometimes affect your other joints and different parts of your body. There are also a number of conditions related to ankylosing spondylitis which have many similar symptoms. Read more >

What are the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis (AS)?

Typical symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) include:
  • lower back or neck pain and stiffness
  • pain in your sacroiliac joints (the joints where the base of your spine meets your pelvis, buttocks or the back of your thighs
  • tiredness (fatigue).

Other possible symptoms include:

  • pain and swelling in other joints
  • tenderness or discomfort around your heels
  • swollen fingers or toes
  • pain or tightness in your chest
  • eye inflammation (painful, bloodshot eyes).
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Who gets ankylosing spondylitis (AS)?

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) can affect anyone, young or old, male or female, although it’s more common in young men. It’s most likely to start in your late teens and 20s. Ankylosing spondylitis is linked to the genes we inherit but if your parents have it it’s not definite that you’ll develop it. Read more >

What is the outlook for ankylosing spondylitis (AS)?

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is quite variable and difficult to predict. It can cause considerable pain, although treatment will help to relieve this. Read more >

How is ankylosing spondylitis (AS) diagnosed?

There’s no specific test for ankylosing spondylitis (AS), so your doctor will base your diagnosis on your symptoms and how they developed, an examination, and blood tests, x-rays or scans.

X-rays can show changes in your spine as the condition develops but aren’t always helpful in the early stages. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans may be useful when x-rays aren’t. Read more >

What treatments are there for ankylosing spondylitis (AS)?

There are many different treatments available for ankylosing spondylitis (AS), including exercises, tablets and injections. Your healthcare team can help you find suitable treatments, including:
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Research and new developments in ankylosing spondylitis (AS)

Research continues into the genetic factors that contribute to ankylosing spondylitis and related conditions.

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