Back / Torso


Anklylosing Spondylitis Information

Anklylosing Spondylitis


The vertebral column is made up of thirty-three individual vertebra — they are grouped into seven cervical (neck), twelve thoracic (upper back), five lumbar (low back), and five sacral (fused to form part of the pelvis) and four coccygeal bones (also fused, form the tailbone). The column is flexible to aid mobility. It provides bony protection to the delicate spinal cord.

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine, although other joints can become involved. There is chronic inflammation of the spinal joints that over time (but not in all cases) results in new bone formation around the affected joints, causing the spine to fuse. This can create a forward-stooped posture. The condition is prevalent predominantly in young males.

Anatomy: Back / Torso - Injury: Anklylosing Spondylitis Information


  • Gradual onset chronic pain and discomfort in the low back initially. Pain tends to progress up the spine, and towards the groin.
  • Pain may be referred to the buttock or posterior thigh.
  • Impaired mobility and stiffness of the spine.
  • Associated recurrent eye inflammations may occur.
  • In the early stages of AS, there may be mild fever, loss of appetite and general malaise.
  • Varying levels of fatigue may also result from the inflammation.


Please consult with your medical professional for a complete diagnosis and treatment plan.

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