Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis or Bechtrew’s Disease is the chronic inflammation of the axial skeleton that affects the sacroiliac joint in the pelvis and joints in the spine. Ankylosing spondylitis is a sub type of spondyloarthritis, which in turn is chronic arthritis, thought to be a resultant of immune systems at play. It can lead to stiffening of the spine, rendering the patient in tremendous pain and having difficulty in moving.

No cure has been found for Ankylosing spondylitis. However, certain medications and other treatment methods can help in obtaining relief from pain and symptoms. The symptoms tend to start appearing by 23 years of age when the patient starts experiencing stiffness in parts or the entire spine, accompanied by chronic pain. Less than half of the patients experience inflammation in the eye, redness and pain in the eye, loss of vision and photophobia.