Friday, January 29, 2010

Ankylosing Spondylitis...What is it?

You have heard of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), even Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA). What about Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)?

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) causes the joints in your spine and the joints between your spine and hip bones to become inflamed and painful. Other joints can also become inflamed, but usually the joints in your lower limbs are more commonly affected. AS usually begins in the young adult years, before the age of 35, and affects men three times more than women.

Just like treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis being available, there is also ankylosing spondylitis treatment available. But we all know that prevention is better than cure, thus living healthily with the right amount of exercise and proper nutrition is the way to a healthy you.

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