Ankylosing Spondylitis Treatment in New Jersey
When it comes to Ankylosing Spondylitis treatment, New Jersey spine surgeon Dr. Joshua Rovner has the comprehensive experience patients trust. As one of the states leading destinations for spine surgery & treatment in NJ,
is a spinal condition that Dr. Rovner and his advanced surgical team treats.
A type of arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, can lead to chronic back pain.
The Facts on Ankylosing Spondylitis
Ankylosing Spondylitis is an autoimmune disease much like some other types of arthritis. It causes stiffness, inflammation and pain that becomes progressively worse over time. It is quite common, affecting 2.4 million people. It is also more common in men than woman. Additionally it does run in families and while there is no cure, it is manageable.
The Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis
Ankylosing Spondylitis is a type of arthritis of the spine and most often begins in early adult years. Much like arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis causes inflammation. This inflammation causes pain and stiffness. These symptoms will flare on and off. During severe episodes the pain and stiffness can be debilitating. Overtime, Ankylosing Spondylitis may also cause limited movement and fusion of the vertebrae and sacroiliac joints.
Treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis
The treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis is characterized not by curing the disease but by managing it. Through a combination of medication, physical therapy, and exercises pain and stiffness can be reduced and mobility can be restored.
The medications used are not simply pain relievers to mask the pain. In addition to pain relievers two other types of medication are used. Both immune suppressants and drugs known as TNF-alpha-blockers are pillars of Ankylosing Spondylitis management. In more severe cases surgery might be needed to manage a patient’s symptoms.