Menu
Menu
19 Harley St, London, W1G 9QJ, UK
We are London's Top Spine Clinic , ,

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis refers to inflammation of the spinal joints. It primarily affects the spine, shoulders, hips and knees.
Sacroiliac joints are very important structures in this disease. They are usually the first to become inflamed. From there, the inflammation can spread to other joints between the vertebrae.

 

What is the cause of Ankylosing Spondylitis?

The cause of this disease is unknown. However, it affects people who have a specific signal in their cells. This signal is transmitted by genetic inheritance and is called “HLA B-27”.

Therefore, the genetic transmission of this signal explains why this disease is more common in certain groups of people.

 

Which are the symptoms?

Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Lumbar pain, which usually starts in the third decade.
  • Morning stiffness.
  • Improvement of symptoms with physical activity.

The first thing that the person notices is usually lumbar pain. It is produced by the inflammation of the sacroiliac and vertebral joints. This pain is inflammatory, manifests slowly and gradually.

Lumbar pain appears at rest, improving with physical activity. In this way, the pain is usually maximum in the late hours of the night and in the early hours of the morning.

As a consequence, this symptom forces the person to get up and walk, in order to have relief and even disappearance of pain.

 

Treatment

There are a series of medicines and rehabilitation techniques. They could relieve painful symptoms and allow good mobility, avoiding an unfavourable evolution of the disease. Anti-inflammatory drugs reduce and even suppress joint inflammation, relieving pain and allowing adequate nighttime rest.
However, the most important pillar in the treatment of spondylitis is physiotherapy.
On the other hand, practising sports is very useful. This allows the extension of the back, and maintains the mobility of the shoulders and hips.

Surgery contributes little to the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis. It can only be necessary on severely damaged joints that have very little mobility (mainly the hip).

At The London Spine Unit, The Harley Street Hospital, we have some of the best specialists to diagnose and treat this disease. Book an appointment to get a check up.

 

Additional link

Share to care...

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on google
Google+
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on skype
Skype

What we do...

The Harley Street Hospital

Testimonials

What is London spine unit and How it Works

The London Spine Unit was established in 2005 and has successfully treated over 5000 patients. All conditions are treated.

We treat all spinal disorders

The London Spine Unit specialises in Minimally Invasive Treatments allowing rapid recovery and return to normal function

Trusted by patients worldwide

The London Spine Unit provides the highest quality care to all patients and has VIP services for those seeking exceptional services

What our patients say about us ......