Anklosing spondylitis, Young Men & Treatments
Anklosing spondylitis. It is estimated that it affects, for some reason unknown, males three times more often that it affects females. Most often found while a patients is in their late teens or 20s, AS is a form of arthritis that affects the spine. Some call the disease ‘poker back’.
AS is difficult to diagnose, and unfortunately, many people do not seek treatment for back pain. The disease seems to be very prominent in young males, who are even less likely to seek treatment than older adults. This article states that there is nearly a seven-to-ten year postponement in the diagnosis of AS, from the first arrival of symptoms.
The following article speaks with doctors about ankylosing spondylitis, how it is diagnosed and discusses its many treatments. This article explains that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can help, sometimes corticosteroids are injected, and in extreme cases anti-rheumatic drugs such as sulfasalazine and methotrexate are used. The article also discusses a new class of drugs called ‘biologics’, and speaks about non-pharmaceutical approaches to treatment, such as physical therapy, stretching and moderate physical activity.
Arthritis of spine targets young men
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