Did you know that April is Spondylitis Awareness Month? You might not have heard of ankylosing spondylitis–a type of arthritis that affects the vertebrae in your spine–but it’s actually about as common as rheumatoid arthritis. Although it tends to be underdiagnosed, estimates indicate that about 1 percent of the population will develop ankylosing spondylitis over the course of their lifetime. The disease ...Continue Reading →
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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