Ankylosing spondylitis has a tongue-twister of an official name, 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 left untreated. This article will give you a simple, clear breakdown of what ankylosing spondylitis is, what causes it, how to identify it, and what treatment options are available.
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.