Ankylosing Spondylitis – Arthritis Pain In The Back Hips Shoulders Knees
Ankylosing spondylitis is one of more than 100 forms of arthritis. It’s an inflammatory disease that can cause pain when vertebrae in your spine fuse together.
This not only makes the spine less flexible, but can eventually result in chronic pain and even disability. The posture of individuals with ankylosing spondylitis can become deformed and hunched-forward. Ribs can be affected too, causing breathing difficulties.
Pain and stiffness can radiate to other parts of your body, including large joints such as the shoulders, hips, and knees. The places where your tendons and ligaments attach to bones can also be affected, as can the cartilage between your breastbone and ribs.
Exact causes remain a mystery, but ankylosing spondylitis seems to run in families.
Symptoms vary with the most common being back pain in the morning, at night, and after inactivity. Among the other symptoms are:
* loss of appetite
* low grade fever
* weight loss
* anemia or low iron
Some symptoms appear in places you wouldn’t expect, such as:
* inflammation of the bowels
*mild eye inflammation
*heart valve inflammation
There is no cure for ankylosing spondylitis. Treatment focuses on managing pain and preventing disability. Besides medications and exercise, there would be an emphasis on maintaining good posture. Applying heat reduce pain and soreness in joints, while applying cold reduces swelling.
Surgery may be necessary in cases of severe severe damage or deformity in knee or hip joints.