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Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)

About Ankylosing spondylitis (AS)

In this section, you or a loved one can find out more about ankylosing spondylitis (AS), as well as links to other information. Being informed is an important first step towards becoming an active decision-maker in your care plan.

What is ankylosing spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of arthritis. It is one of a group of conditions that causes chronic inflammation, most commonly in the spine (back) and sacroiliac joints (where the lower back/tailbone meets the bones that make up either side of the pelvis). Ankylosing spondylitis causes inflammation, pain and stiffness mainly in the spinal joints, but can affect tissues, organs and joints throughout the body. AS symptoms can range from relatively mild to severe. They may come and go and you may experience flares when your symptoms are worse than usual.

For more information, please visit Arthritis Australia http://www.arthritisaustralia.com.au/images/stories/documents/booklets/2016/ArthAust_AnkylSpond_screen.pdf  (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)

Disclaimer

Please note that the information on this website is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for seeking medical advice or treatment from a healthcare professional. Speak to a healthcare professional if you have any questions about your health, medical condition, symptoms or treatment options.

References

American College of Rheumatology

www.rheumatology.org  (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)

The Spondylitis Associated of America (SAA)

www.spondylitis.org  (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)

Mayo Clinic

www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ankylosing-spondylitis/basics/definition/CON-20019766 (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)

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