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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Naproxen (Naprosyn) and Indomethacin (Indocin) are mostly used as medications by Doctors to treat ankylosing spondylitis. These drugs usually help in reducing inflammation, pain and stiffness. Some minor side-effects could be gastrointestinal bleeding in some cases.

Dr. Pradeepta Sekhar Patro, Consultant in SUM Hospital & Kar Clinic Bhubaneswar, Odisha is known for best
ankylosing spondylitis specialist in BBSR.


  • Ankylosing spondylitis affects the low back in young male (Age less then 45 yrs)
  • Back become stiff and painful more in the early morning
  • It is an autoimmune condition where body’s immune system attacks the back spine and sometime also other joints and eye
  • Lower back joints (sacroiliac joint) and lumbar spine are the first to be involved.
  • Gradually it spreads upwards and affect rest of the spine
  • Apart from spine it also involves shoulder, hip, knee and ankle joints
  • Sometimes there is inflammation at bottom of the heel and back of heel
  • Some time there is painful red eye during which blurring of vision occur
  • The appropriate treatment in early period reduce the inflammation so that joints work smoothly
  • If appropriate treatment not given then back spine become fuse and form like “bamboo spine” then there will be difficulty in walking, looking side to side and upward
  • Fortunately there are several newer effective treatments available, which can make life more comfortable, even though don't cure it.
  • Physical exercise such as cycling, playing badminton and swimming can decrease the stiffness in back and also improve the motility
  • Most common medications used are NSAIDs and Anti TNF biologics
  • Goal of treatment is to make spine flexible and prevent joints fusion


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