AS is hard to diagnose. There is no one definitive test that results in an AS diagnosis.
A thorough physical exam—including x-rays, individual medical history, and a family history of AS—as well as blood work (to test for a genetic marker called HLA-B27) are factors in diagnosing AS.
Usually caused by physical strain to the back (eg, a sprain or muscle pull)
Caused by the immune system attacking healthy tissue, resulting in inflammation in the joints of the spine
Talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above. Only your doctor can diagnose the type of back pain you’re suffering from.
How to deal. Treatment options to consider if you’re diagnosed with AS.
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