What is ankylosing spondylitis?
Ankylosing spondylitis is chronic, inflammatory arthritis that mostly involves the spine. The chronic inflammation in more advanced cases may cause fusing to the affected areas, which reduces mobility and causes pain- particularly in the back.
Who can develop ankylosing spondylitis?
Close to 3 million Americans have ankylosing spondylitis. This condition is more common in men than women and usually develops in late adolescence or early adulthood. It must be noted that this condition can occur at any time, so even children can be affected and is known as juvenile spondylitis.
Where does ankylosing spondylitis occur?
Ankylosing spondylitis is most commonly seen in the bones of the back called vertebrae; however, it can also occur in other body parts. Other common locations for ankylosing spondylitis include: