Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory form of arthritis that affects the spinal column and causes joint damage. Classified as an autoimmune disease, ankylosing spondylitis causes the body’s immune system to attack healthy cells in and around the spinal facet joints. The causes of ankylosing spondylitis are not fully understood but the presence of the genetic marker, HLA_B27, is believed to increase the risk of developing the condition.
Moreover, Ankylosing Spondylitis is more common in men and generally develops in the late teenage years and early adulthood. It is common for the symptoms of this condition to begin mildly and be confused with other conditions. Additionally, this condition worsens as time goes on.