Patients with a rheumatic disease are at a higher risk for infection due to their disease or medications. Dr. Chris Mecoli from the Division of Rheumatology speaks with Dr. Erika Darrah about steps a patient could take in order to prevent infections.
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease causing axial arthritis, frequently resulting in inflammatory low back pain early in the disease course, with eventual severe impairment of spinal mobility due to structural changes ultimately leading to spinal fusion.
Ankylosing spondylitis is part of a larger family of arthritis called spondyloarthritis. Spondylo means vertebra, or the bones of the back. And arthritis, of course means joint pain, stiffness, or swelling. Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammation type arthritis. In this video, Dr. Cohen shares an overview of Ankylosing Spondylitis.