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What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Ankylosing Spondylitis is a disease which causes chronic inflammation primarily of the Joints of the Spine (neck, mid-back, low-back, tailbone) and Pelvis (hipbone). This chronic inflammation causes these Joints to form bone spurs, which can eventually form bone bridges. They can be strong enough to connect the Vertebrae together. This often leads to severe stiffness or even a complete Fusion (lack of mobility) of the Spine.

Diseases like Ankylosing Spondylitis are called "autoimmune diseases". Our immune system does not recognize the Spine and Pelvis Joints as our own and sends antibodies to fight them off. This causes severe joint inflammation, pain and degeneration.

The severity of Ankylosing Spondylitis can very widely from relatively mild cases to the very advanced, debilitating ones. Treatments include primarily Medications, Physical Therapy, Postural Exercises. Typically, Rheumatology Doctors manage and monitor the Treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis.

Medication management of Ankylosing Spondylitis has significantly improved in recent years. The new group of Medications, called "Biologics" (Tumor Necrosis Factor-a Inhibitors) can even stop the progression of the disease in some patients. These Biologics work by blocking certain Proteins which are present in large quantities in patients with autoimmune diseases such as Ankylosing Spondylitis