It is a type of arthritis in which is a chronic inflammation of the joints of the spine can be seen & sacroiliac joints, spine joins the pelvis are also mostly affected. Inflammation of the vertebrae in spine sometime can lead to fuse & stiffness of vertebrae. Sometime AS are involved other joints of shoulders or hips. Ankylosing spondylitis(AS) affects more in men than women. Although the cause of ankylosing spondylitis is unknown, it is believed to involve because of genetic and environmental factors. It has been noticed HLA-B27 gene can cause this disease.
There is no cure for ankylosing spondylitis, but treatments can lessen your symptoms and can slow progression of the disease. Medications can reduce inflammation or suppress immunity, physical therapy and exercise reduced the symptoms.