Ankylosing spondylitis is a bit of a tongue-twister to pronounce, but in layman’s terms it is a type of arthritis that effects the human spine. It can be quite painful, and result in a stooped-over posture (or more extreme spinal deformity) if it occurs and is left untreated.
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Unlike its name, this article offers a simple and clear breakdown of what ankylosing spondylitis is, what causes it, how to identify it, and what can be done to treat it. Check it out…
1. What Exactly is Ankylosing Spondylitis?
Ankylosing spondylitis occurs when some of the vertebrae (spinal bones) begin to fuse together. This is not supposed to happen, and results in a very rigid spine. Luckily, early diagnosis and treatment can go a long way to reducing pain, serious spinal damage, or physical deformity.