Man suffering from ankylosing spondylitis

Man suffering from ankylosing spondylitis

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Credit: ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S HOSPITAL, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Photograph of a young man suffering from severe ankylosing spondylitis, showing kyphosis (outward curvature) of the spine due to fusion of the vertebrae. Ankylosing spondylitis is a rheumatic disease involving the spinal synovial joints and the sacro-iliac joints that connect the sacral spine to the pelvis. Inflammation typically begins in the sacro-iliac joints or lumbar spine, & may progress up the entire spine. Shoulders and hips may also be affected. Pain and stiffness are treated with anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, piroxicam) and through physiotherapy, which attempts to preserve spinal mobility.

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Keywords: ankylosing spondylitis, arthritic, arthritis, back disorder, condition, deformity, disease, healthcare, joint, kyphosis, medical, medicine, musculoskeletal disorder, scoliosis, spinal, spinal deformity, spine

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