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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Rheumatology Solutions

Board-Certified Rheumatologists located in Northeast San Antonio, TX

Ankylosing spondylitis is a condition that causes back pain and trouble moving. Over time, you might find it harder and harder to correct your posture. At Rheumatology Solutions in San Antonio, Texas, the skilled team of rheumatologists diagnoses and treats ankylosing spondylitis to ease your symptoms and improve your quality of life. To explore ankylosing spondylitis treatments, book your consultation by phone or online at Rheumatology Solutions today.

Ankylosing Spondylitis Q & A

What is ankylosing spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis is a condition affecting the bones in your spine, called vertebrae. If you have it, the area becomes inflamed, and several of your vertebrae fuse together over time. This can result in a permanently hunched posture and other complications, like breathing problems, if the condition affects your ribs. 

Experts don’t know what causes ankylosing spondylitis, but there are likely genetic factors. Certain bacterial and viral infections may act as triggers for those who have certain genes. You’re more likely to get it if you’re a man, and it usually starts to develop in early adulthood. Although there is no cure, the team at Rheumatology Solutions is dedicated to helping slow the progression of your condition and easing your symptoms with effective treatment.

What are the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis?

In the early stages of ankylosing spondylitis, you might notice your lower back feeling sore or getting stiffer. Additional symptoms tend to worsen with time and include:

  • Extra pain and stiffness after sitting for a long time or sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Low appetite
  • Swelling and pain in your legs, ankles, knees, shoulders, and neck

You might go through periods of intense inflammation followed by improvements. This is normal, but generally, the condition worsens over time.

How is ankylosing spondylitis diagnosed?

When you come to Rheumatology Solutions with symptoms typical of ankylosing spondylitis, the team performs several tests to diagnose you. They begin with a physical examination during which you make specific movements and breathe deeply. In some cases, X-ray imaging shows changes in your joints. However, early stages of ankylosing spondylitis might not be identifiable with an X-ray.

What are my treatment options for ankylosing spondylitis?

Rheumatology Solutions provides several effective treatment options to ease your ankylosing spondylitis symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. The team provides you with a custom treatment plan according to your needs, which might include:

Medications

Rheumatology Solutions offers several infusions to treat ankylosing spondylitis and other inflammatory disorders. They might also recommend oral medications to ease your inflammation. 

Physical therapy

Physical therapy can be a critical part of improving your outlook for ankylosing spondylitis. The team helps you learn exercises to improve your range of motion and your strength.

Lifestyle adjustments

Lifestyle adjustments are an essential part of your long-term treatment plan. The team encourages you to stay active with exercise, stop smoking, practice good posture, and adopt a healthy diet. 

If your lower back is often stiff or painful, don’t hesitate to book a consultation. Call Rheumatology Solutions or schedule online today to find out more about ankylosing spondylitis.