Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

Axial Spondyloarthritis (Ankylosing Spondylitis)

Axial Spondyloarthritis (Ankylosing Spondylitis) - How to prevent?

Axial Spondyloarthritis (Ankylosing Spondylitis) - Preparing for surgery

Axial Spondyloarthritis (Ankylosing Spondylitis) - Post-surgery care

Axial Spondyloarthritis (Ankylosing Spondylitis) - Other Information

Ankylosing Spondylitis has a variable course. In some patients the disease is mild and limited to the lower back or spine. In others the whole of the spine can be involved including many of the larger joints like the hips and knees.

In the advanced stage the following complications can develop:
  • Destruction of joints in the upper or lower limbs, especially the hip joints
  • Heart complications eg. inflammation of the aortic valve of the heart
  • Osteoporosis, with increased risk of spinal fracture
SpA is a life-long illness but most people are able to lead normal and productive lives. The most important aspect for the management of this condition is early diagnosis - therefore one must not neglect any backache or back stiffness lasting for more than three months.

If you have SpA, you can help yourself by doing regular exercises like swimming and stretching, adopting a healthy life-style, and most importantly, take your medicine regularly as advised by your doctor. You may want to join a support group with activities such as group physiotherapy/exercises.

The above is also available in Mandarin for further reading: