Ankylosing spondylitis is a rare condition that causes inflammation in the spine and other joints generally affecting younger patients. It is commonly characterized as low back pain and stiffness.
Ankylosing spondylitis may cause stiffness lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours after waking up. If left untreated, ankylosing spondylitis can cause fusion of the spines with reduced flexibility and risk for spinal deformities.
The causes of ankylosing spondylitis are not completely understood, but there is a strong genetic component. Ankylosing spondylitis often affects males more than females.
The diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis include patient history, physical exam and imagining tests.
Treatments We Offer
The goal of the treatment in Ankylosing Spondylitis is to improve symptoms and protect the spine’s mobility and function. New biologic treatments have a significant affect in disease control and outcomes.
Physical therapy can also help you maintain your flexibility and strength and prevent changes to your posture.
Why Mount Sinai
In addition to our highly educated and skilled rheumatologists, we have access to the vast resources and specialists of the Mount Sinai Health System. We can connect you with whatever type of doctor you need to treat your ankylosing spondylitis symptoms.