What is it?
Ankylosing Spondylitis (or AS) is a disease that causes inflammation and pain to the spine. It affects 1-2% of Australians of the population. The first symptoms usually appear between the ages of 15-40 years; and are 2 to 3 times more common in men. The diagnosis is made by a Specialist Rheumatologist with a thorough examination, blood tests results and Ct-scan, MRI or X-Rays of the spine and pelvis. Symptoms include chronic low back pain of insidious onset, joint stiffness in the morning, pain aggravated by rest and improved with activity, and pain in the second half of the night.