Effects of ankylosing spondylitis
Although other joints can be involved, ankylosing spondylitis (AS) primarily affects your spine. In this particular type of arthritis, the joints and ligaments of your spine become inflamed. This can cause back pain and stiffness. In time, the bones may fuse together, making it difficult to bend and move. AS can affect other joints, and in some cases, it can damage your eyes, heart, or lungs.
According to University of Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, most people are diagnosed before the age of 35. The cause isn’t entirely understood, but some may have a genetic predisposition toward developing AS.
AS is a chronic disease, but most who have it continue to lead active lives. People with AS must pay special attention to posture and how they hold themselves. Daily exercise can help, and treatment generally revolves around symptom management.