Ankylosing spondylitis is the common chronic inflammation, affecting the spine and the sacroiliac joints. This chronic disease causes spinal pain and stiffness, and it affects males more often.
The major cause is genetic. Since ankylosing spondylitis is also a systemic disease, it often affect other body tissues and cause various joint inflammation. For instance, ankylosing spondylitis may lead to achilles tendonitis, psoriatic arthritis or reactive arthritis.
The common symptoms include: joint inflammation, joint swelling, spinal pain, low back stiffness, fatigue. Other complications may include iritis, breathing difficulty or dizziness.