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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is ankylosing spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that affects your spine. Inflammation in the vertebrae causes them to become fused (joined). This makes your spine less flexible than it should be. Symptoms begin in your tailbone area and move up your back over time. Other joints that may be affected include the shoulder, neck, and hip.

What are the signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis?

How is ankylosing spondylitis treated?

The goal of treatment is to control your symptoms, improve movement and function, and maintain work and daily activities. You may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to manage ankylosing spondylitis?

What can I do to manage my symptoms?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I call my doctor?

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