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Ankylosing spondylarthritis

Ankylosing spondylarthritis: Introduction

Ankylosing spondylarthritis: Inflammation of one or more spine joints. The spine becomes progressively painful and stiff and the spine joints may eventually fuse and cause disability. The condition may vary from mild to severe. Inflammation can affect other joints and tissues. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Ankylosing spondylarthritis is available below.

Symptoms of Ankylosing spondylarthritis

Treatments for Ankylosing spondylarthritis

  • Treatment of ankylosing spondylitis depends on the severity and duration of the symptoms, and extra-articular manifestations. No drug treatment has been proven to modify the course of the disease, although the newer TNF blockers may have potential to do this. Treatments include:
    • Explanation - Education plays an important role in arthritis management
    • Rest - during bouts of active inflammation
    • Exercise - graduated exercise program recommended to maintain good joint function
    • Physiotherapy - can assist with regaining and maintaining joint function
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Definitions of Ankylosing spondylarthritis:

Ankylosing spondylarthritis is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Ankylosing spondylarthritis, or a subtype of Ankylosing spondylarthritis, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Ankylosing spondylarthritis as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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