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Diagnosis starts with the analysis of your symptoms. Should you notice any symptoms be sure to consult and tell your doctor about the following:
Age of onset of pain – second or third decade of life
Area of pain – e.g. lower back/hips / deep in the buttock
Time of pain and stiffness – e.g. early morning
Whether symptoms relieve on activity/ worsen with inactivity
Limited physical function, if any
Your doctor may suggest a combination of laboratory tests and imaging to diagnose Ankylosing Spondylitis. Imaging techniques have advanced technologies that can look for signs of Ankylosing Spondylitis in the spine at the early stages of the disease.
Right diagnosis and appropriate treatment is key to deal with the pain, fatigue and stiffness and ultimately delay the process of spinal 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.