The problem of Ankylosing Spondylitis unlike other kinds of Arthritis, is not widespread. But just like other manifestations of Arthritis, it can create severe problems in your ability to work or take part in leisurely activities. In many cases, it can leave you permanently disfigured. Spondylitis is a term used to describe a group of arthritic spine conditions that cause inflammation in the joints and vertebrae. It is a broader term referring to degenerative age-related conditions affecting the spine such as osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease.
The most common form of arthritis is known as Ankylosing Spondylitis. The word Ankylosing means stiff or rigid and Spondylitis means inflammation of the spine. This type of arthritis primarily affects the spine, although other joints, mainly the lower limb joints can be affected too.
What distinguishes Ankylosing Spondylitis. from the other forms is the involvement of the sacroiliac joints during the progression of the disease.