Ankylosing Spondylitis – Frisco, TX
OrthoTexas, Frisco provides comprehensive treatment for orthopedic conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. The surgeons also specialize in treating degenerative spine conditions, such as Ankylosing Spondylitis.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Inflammatory Arthritis of the spine is medically referred to as Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). It is progressive condition that mainly affects the lower part of the spine or the sacroiliac joint (SI) which connects to the pelvis. It may lead to inflammation of the point where the tendons and ligaments come in contact with the vertebral bones. Most incidences of Ankylosing Spondylitis have been observed to affect people in the age group of 20-45 years. Also, males are more likely to develop the condition.

Causes Of Ankylosing Spondylitis

Patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis are likely to have a particular gene called human leukocyte antigen (HLA- B27)
Bacterial infection of the gastrointestinal tract can also cause the condition

Symptoms Of Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Pain which can be severe and tends to flare up intermittently
  • Symptoms are extreme in the morning or at night while sleeping
  • Forward stooping posture (Kyphosis)
  • Immobility
  • Stiffness in spine and various other body parts
  • Mild fever in the initial stages
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tenderness
  • Moderate anemia due to inflammation
  • Uveitis - red, watery and painful eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Discomfort while breathing

Diagnosis Of Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • A thorough clinical examination by a spine specialist
  • Analysis of the existing symptoms, medical and family history
  • Blood test to detect the presence of the gene HLA- B27
  • X-ray imaging may be done to study structural changes and growth of bone mass
  • MRI and CT scan may be conducted to study soft tissue structures such as ligaments and tendons

Treatment For Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • There is no permanent cure for Ankylosing Spondylitis, but proper treatment may help to slow the progression of the disease or to help the patient manage the symptoms more effectively. Treatment options may include:
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines may be prescribed to mitigate pain and swelling
  • Performing low-impact exercises may help to relieve stiffness and pain
  • Improving posture may reduce discomfort and assist in maintaining the strength of spine
  • Cold packs may help to soothe inflammation in the joints
  • Any high impact activities, such as jumping, should be avoided as it may hurt the spine
  • Surgery may require in case of severe pain and inflammation. The procedure may involve rectifying postural deformities and removing vertebral outgrowths.

For treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis and other spine conditions, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the spine surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.