What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?
It is a form of arthritis that affects the spine.
What are the Symptoms?
The symptoms include pain and stiffness from the neck down to the lower back and the buttocks. Patients may stoop because their posture is affected by a rigid spine. A rigid spine occurs because the bones of the spine may fuse together or grow together. The fusion can limit a person’s daily activities and affect their ability to breathe fully. The ligaments and tendons can also be affected. Tendon inflammation can cause additional problems
Fever, loss of appetite, and fatigue can also occur. The heart and lungs may be damaged too.
Who gets Ankylosing Spondylitis?
A small fraction of people get this disorder. Men are affected more often and more severely than women.
What is the cause?
There is no known cause. Genetics is a factor.
How do our Langhorne Pain Management Doctors diagnose the disorder.
We take an oral history
- We conduct a physical exam.
- We review your symptoms.
- We examine your ability to breath fully.
- We take X-Rays of your back and pelvis.
- We make take lab tests.
What are the treatments
Our Bucks County Pain Management Office normally recommends
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen. We may prescribe stronger medications.
- We may recommend steroid injections.
- We may suggest other treatments as well
Please call 215.741.4410 if you have any pain management problems.
We see patients from Levittown, Langhorne, Newtown, Doylestown, Norristown, Philadelphia. Trenton and other locations in Bucks, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and Mercer counties