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Ankylosing Spondylosis

A chronic disease, Ankylosing Spondylosis is a form of arthritis associated with a class of rheumatic diseases called seronegative spondyloarthropathies. With AS, the joints of the spine grow inflamed. The body's immune system causes bone to grow between the vertebra, leading to stiffness and pain. Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylosis include reduced motion in the lower and middle back and neck. AS can also affect the shoulders, hips, jaw, heels, and knees.

In some patients Ankylosing Spondylosis affects the eye, causing the iris to swell uncomfortably. Known as iritis, symptoms include light sensitivity, eye pain and redness. Breathing problems may develop from AS as the torso curves and the wall of the chest becomes more rigid. Thought to be hereditary, AS is roughly four times more common for men than women and does not always develop into a serious condition.

What to Do About Ankylosing Spondylosis
Ankylosing Spondylosis can range from mildly painful and uncomfortable to very painful and debilitating. If you have been experiencing stiffness and pain in your back and have limited motion, see your doctor for a diagnosis. The majority of AS sufferers have pain that began prior to age 35, persistent pain for three months or more, morning stiffness, gradual worsening of symptoms and relief with exercise. Diagnosis typically consists of X-rays and genetic testing.

Ankylosing Spondylosis can be effectively treated with a variety of means, depending on your condition. The Bonati Institute for Advanced Arthroscopic Surgery is one of the leading treatment centers for AS and other spinal disorders. For more information, visit the Bonati website at www.bonati.com.


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