Ankylosing spondylitis comes from the Greek language meaning fused vertebrae inflammation. Just as its namesake suggests, it’s a chronic form of inflammation in the spine and sacroiliac joint. If the condition persists for a long period of time, it can lead to fusion of two or more vertebrae – a process known in the medical community as ankylosis. While there’s no cure for ankylosis, there are medications and techniques available to reduce the pain and inflammation it causes.
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