Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) Who: • Males more likely than Females • Most commonly occurs in those in their late twenties but can occur as late as 45yrs of age What: Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a condition which causes pain and inflammation in joints, primarily in the joints of the spine. The term ankylosing means fusion of 2 bones, and the term spondylitis means inflammation of the spine joints. Hence this condition commonly causes permanent stiffening of the spine over time. Inflammation of the bones that make up joints (such as the spinal vertebrae) will overtime cause new bone growth around these joints, resulting [...]