It looks like you are using an older version of Internet Explorer which is not supported. We advise that you update your browser to the latest version of Microsoft Edge, or
consider using other browsers such as Chrome, Firefox or Safari.
Look carefully at these images. What do you see?
This iconic imagery of the progressively bent person has long been associated with Ankylosing Spondylitis. Figure 3 represents a person with a fused spine.
The long standing inflammation characteristic of Ankylosing Spondylitis may lead to increasing damage to the spinal bones over time and could ultimately result in fusion of the spinal bones or ‘ankylosis’.
Increasing pain, stiffness and immobility are usually the signs of progressing disease.
Other arthritic diseases (like rheumatoid arthritis) result in bone destruction, but Ankylosing Spondylitis involves both bone destruction and new bone formation which results in 'Fusion'.
Disclaimer: This material is not meant to replace professional advice from HCPs. Please consult your doctors/physiotherapist if you have any questions or before undertaking any physical activities.