Ankylosing spondylitis, a common condition that largely affects men and over a period of time is known to result in a hunched-back. The fusing of the vertebrae effects flexibility, movement and difficulties in breathing for the affected patient.
The inflammation caused by the disease is not limited to the vertebrae alone and can affect other parts of the body as well, in most cases it is the eyes affected by ankylosing spondylitis.
The disease is more commonly evidenced in men and the symptoms start appearing early in adulthood. Currently, there is no permanent cure for this condition. However, appropriate treatment can help reduce the incidence of the symptoms.
The common symptoms associated with ankylosing spondylitis include
- Pain in the lower back
- Stiffness & inflexibility of the back
- Difficulty in movement of joints
- Hunching of the back
Ankylosing spondylitis is a genetically susceptible disease, which is evidenced more in men than women. Typically, girls in their late adolescence or early childhood are likely to exhibit the symptoms associated with this condition.
Given that the exact causes of ankylosing spondylitis are yet unascertained and that most of the people to have this condition contract it genetically, currently there are no real preventive measures available against ankylosing spondylitis.
Ankylosing Spondylitis can result in the creation of new bones, as the body’s defense mechanism kicks in. Also, the disease can lead to other complications such as – eye inflammation, compression fractures, and heart diseases. In most cases, a surgical intervention is the best course of treatment, although in some cases physiotherapy may be prescribed for improving spinal strength.