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Rheumatoid Spondylitis Overview

Another name for Rheumatoid Spondylitis is Ankylosing Spondylitis.

What is ankylosing spondylitis?
A person with ankylosing spondylitis has inflammation of the vertebrae that causes the vertebrae to grow together, or fuse. This results in decreased range of motion of the spine. The spine becomes stiff and movement becomes painful. The cause for ankylosing spondylitis is unknown.

What are the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis?
Common symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis include back pain, back tenderness, back stiffness, stooped posture, neck pain, neck stiffness, and joint pain. Other symptoms include eye pain and weight loss.

How does the doctor treat ankylosing spondylitis?
There is no cure for ankylosing spondylitis. Treatment may include stretching exercises, anti-inflammatory medications, and pain medications. Surgery may be an option for some patients.

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Last Updated: Dec 23, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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