What is Ankylosing Spondalitis?
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of chronic arthritis that affects parts of the spine, including the bones, muscles and ligaments. The condition can be severe, with around 1 in 10 people at risk of long-term disability.
How common is Ankylosing Spondalitis?
Ankylosing spondylitis usually occurs between 15 and 35 years of age, and is three times more common in men than in women. In the UK around 200,000 people have been diagnosed with the condition.
What are the symptoms of Ankylosing Spondalitis?
The symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis vary, but usually take a long time to develop. Main symptoms include back pain and stiffness, buttock pain, arthritis, fatigue and enthesitis.
How is Ankylosing Spondalitis treated?
The condition cannot be cured, but it can be treated with physiotherapy and medication.
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