Ankylosing Spondylitis – Symptoms and Treatment Options

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Ankylosing Spondylitis
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Life coach Peter Winslow owns GoldMind in Scottsdale, Arizona. At the wellness center, Peter Winslow focuses on life coaching, goal attainment, and self-improvement. He also helps his clients understand the mind-body connection and the implications it can have for ankylosing spondylitis and similar conditions.

Ankylosing spondylitis, a type of arthritis, causes inflammation of the many joints in the spine. In some cases, it can cause new bone growth. This forces the vertebrae to fuse together, which can lead to a permanent forward curvature of the spine known as kyphosis. For some patients, this results in a perpetually hunched-over stature.

In other cases, the pain and inflammation associated with AS can impact other parts of the body. Complications are usually limited to joints in the hips, ribs, and limbs, though the eyes, lungs, and heart can be impacted in rare cases.

There is no cure for AS, but the condition can be managed with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, TNF blockers, or IL-17 inhibitors. Physical therapy is also a crucial part of treatment, and surgical options are available in severe cases.

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