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5 Things I Wish My Patients Knew About Ankylosing Spondylitis

What You Need to Know About Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS), also known as spinal arthritis, often causes inflammation in the spine, sacroiliac joints (where the spine meets the pelvis), hips, knees, and shoulders. It may also cause inflammation in the eyes, bowels, and areas in the body where tendons and ligaments attach to the bone. Common AS symptoms include fatigue and chronic pain and stiffness in the lower back, buttocks, and hips. While the cause of AS is not known, there are things you can do to reduce or eliminate the symptoms of this chronic disease. Here are five important things people with AS should know.



THIS CONTENT DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. This content is provided for informational purposes and reflects the opinions of the author. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional regarding your health. If you think you may have a medical emergency, contact your doctor immediately or call 911.


Grant Louie, MD, MHS

Grant Louie, MD, MHS, is associate director of the Spondyloarthritis Program at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center. He’s also assistant professor of medicine in the Johns Hopkins Division of Rheumatology. View his Healthgrades profile >

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