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What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Description of the disease:

Ankylosing spondylitis or AS is a chronic inflammatory disease that primarily affects the spine and hip joints.


Ankylosing spondylitis belongs to the group of spondyloarthropathies - a group of diseases characterized by inflammation of the spine joints and ligaments.


Symptoms of the disease include pain and stiffness in the lower back and hip joints, morning stiffness, and restricted joint mobility.


The exact causes of the disease are not fully known, but genetic and inflammatory factors play a role.


Diagnosis involves analyzing symptoms, X-ray examination, and laboratory tests.


Treatment may include physiotherapy, medication to reduce inflammation, exercises to maintain joint mobility, and in some cases - surgical intervention.


Prevention involves maintaining an active lifestyle, controlling weight, avoiding injuries, and regular medical check-ups.


Ankylosing spondylitis is treated by a rheumatologist or an orthopedic surgeon.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.