The disease can be easily identified with the help of two main symptoms:
- Lower back pain (the point where lower back joins the pelvis).
- Pain and swelling in the arms and legs.
It is a chronic joint disease, affecting children and adults, and specifically involves the joint between the lower back and pelvis, or affects enthesitis (joint where ligaments and tendons join). The doctors are not clear about the exact cause of the disease. However, the presence of HLA-B27 gene is identified as a possible cause. Individuals with this gene are likely to suffer from ankylosing spondyloarthritis and enteropathic arthritis.
In order to prevent the occurrence of this disease, one should take care of the following:
At Medanta, our doctor diagnoses spondyloarthritis based on the patient’s medical history and a physical examination. Other imaging tests may include:...
At Medanta, our doctor diagnoses spondyloarthritis based on the patient’s medical history and a physical examination. Other imaging tests may include:
Based on the patient’s condition and medical history, the doctor recommends certain tests, along with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and painkillers to treat pain, stiffness, and inflammation.
Once the X-rays and MRI reports are available, further course of treatment is decided. The treatment may vary from person to person depending on the affected portion of spine and its severity. For example, medicines are used to treat intestinal inflammation in enteropathic arthritis.
You should immediately consult a doctor, if you begin to face symptoms such as lower back pain and swelling. All these symptoms will be treated just right with the help of our medical expertise available at Medanta.