Ankylosing spondylitis - People with this protein are at...

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Ankylosing Spondylitis or AS for short, is a progressive arthritis that primarily affects the axial skeletal specifically the spin and where the spine joins the pelvis. Chronic inflammation of the vertebrae (the bone between the spin) causes the vertebrae to fuse together and when this happens the spin loses mobility and stiffens making the vertebrae vulnerable to fractures. It is very hard to diagnose AS. Symptoms are very mild and by the time AS is diagnosed the disease has progressed so much that AS sufferers are left with curved or hunched posture. According to Jason Eck, MD [Med] To diagnose AS a person has to have key components such as: Gradual on-set of lower back pain Symptoms prior to age 40 Symptoms are worse in the morning Improvement of symptoms with stretching or exercise The components above along with physical exam will help the diagnosing AS. Blood test have a limited role in diagnosing. A Blood test can identify the protein HLA-B27.
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Unformatted text preview: People with this protein are at greater risk for developing AS. X-rays of the spin and pelvis are obtained to look at the joints and hips these joints must be affected for proper diagnoses of AS. Long term AS leads to a progressive decrease in range of motion in the affected bones and eventually no range of motion at all. Currently there is no cure for AS. This disease worsens over time. A good stretching and exercise routine daily can delay symptoms and using anti-inflammatory medications such as Motrin or Advil can also reduce or decrease flare-ups. AS sufferers should have regular visits with their doctor to identify new symptoms or if additional treatment is needed.[Med] References Eck, J. C. (2014). DO, MS. Ankylosing Spondylitis, Orthopedic , taken from http://www.emedicinehealth.com/ankylosing_spondylitis_orthopedic_perspective/ article_em.htm....
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