Ankylosing Spondylitis originates from the Greek words ‘ankylos’ and ‘spondylos’ which literally mean fused bones1.
It is a progressive disease, which may lead to restrictions in mobility and ultimately loss in function2.
What does disease progression mean?
Simply put disease progression in Ankylosing Spondylitis means the disease could worsen over time. Ankylosing Spondylitis causes inflammation, which damages the spinal bones. The damaged bones are replaced with repair tissue, on which tiny new bones are formed. These newly formed abnormal bones use up the space in between themselves, ultimately resulting in fusion or ‘bamboo spine’3!
What does this imply?
Spinal damage and FUSION can be potentially disabling.3
Fusion of the spinal bones may translate into3
- Inability to move freely
- Loss of function
Since Ankylosing Spondylitis affects people in their 20’s or 30’s, neglect or improper treatment can result in a lifetime of immobility3.
References:1. Defining Anklyosing Spondylitis. Merriam Webster dictionary. Available [Online] at: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spondylitis Accessed on 3 Jan 2019. 2. Gran JT, et al. British Journal of Rheumatology 1997;36:766-771. 3. Sieper J, et al. Ann Rheum Dis 2002;61(Suppl III):iii8–iii18. 4. Poddubnyy D, Siper J. Curr Rheumatol Rep 2017; 19: 55.