Ankylosing spondylitis another name for rheumatoid spondylitis is a disorder which affects en between the age group of 20 to 40 years. The exact meaning of the word Ankylosing spondylitis means inflammation in joints. The exact condition experienced by people suffering from Ankylosing spondylitis is solid and fixed spine and joints. The reason as to why the spine and joints become thick is because the ligaments and tendons swell and hen this swelling reduces an extra bone grows to replace the swelling. This cycle keeps on continuing which fuses the joints and the tendons are replaced by bone growth.
This condition is very much severe and the symptoms for Ankylosing spondylitis may appear and disappear from time to time. We can indeed not figure out the exact cause of this disorder but it has been seen that it is caused by HLA-B27 antigen which is genetic. Thus we see that this disorder can run through generations of a family. Ankylosing spondylitis also has connections with another condition which is called as reites syndrome.
Symptoms for this disorder are muscle spasms, low back pain, pain in neck, buttocks etc. This disorder is experienced by patients during the night and early in the morning. The pain then slowly reduces with the passage of day with the help of exercise and yoga. It is indeed necessary to treat this disorder and if left untreated it can lead to fatigue, appetite loss and fever. In few rare cases it can also lead to weight loss. In some severe Ankylosing spondylitis cases the spine cones completely fuse which results in severe pain.
Patients suffering from this disorder even find it difficult to breathe as the ribs lose the ability to move which indirectly affect the lungs. Another cause of this disorder is inflammation of eyes. Thought there no medications available to totally cure this disorder there are drugs available which can easily reduce the severity of the disorder. Non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs helps in reducing the pain and inflammation experienced by ankylosing spondylitis patients.
The other methods to overcome this disorder could be frequent exercising and swimming. Exercises which involve stretching can improve the spine moment in this disorder affected patients. Other relief treatments for this disorder could be physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. In the most chronic cases patients have to undergo hip replacements. One cannot really state the symptoms for this disorder but then sometimes it might reduce suddenly while sometimes it can go on increasing.