Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that causes inflammation in the joints and ligaments of the spine. It may also affect peripheral joints like the knees, ankles, and hips. Normally, the joints and ligaments in the spine help us move and bend.Ankylosing spondylitis has no known specific cause, though genetic factors seem to be involved. In particular, people who have a gene called HLA-B27 are at a greatly increased risk of developing ankylosing spondylitis. However, only some people with the gene develop the condition.The symptoms of AS can vary, but usually involve: back pain and stiffness. pain and swelling in other parts of the body – caused by inflammation of the joints (arthritis) and inflammation where a tendon joins a bone (enthesitis) extreme tiredness (fatigue)
At the Shifa Pain Relief Clinic the treatment for spondylitis is primarily focused on reducing pain and stiffness and preventing deformities, so the patient can still have a good quality of life despite having this condition.
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