the Effects of
Ankylosing Spondylitis
on the Body

Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of arthritis that mostly affects the spine.


AS primarily affects the lower back, causing pain and stiffness, and can lead to stooped posture. Read more.

Tightness in the chest may be due to inflammation or fusing of the bones in the chest. Read more.

The fingers are rarely affected in AS. Read more.

An X-ray can reveal evidence of ankylosing spondylitis arthritis in the knees. Read more.

Pain in the eyes and loss of vision in one or both eyes may be a sign of a serious problem. Immediate medical attention can help prevent permanent vision loss. Read more.

Bowel dysfunction may be caused by damage to the nerves at the base of the spine. Read more.

Some people with AS develop psoriasis, which causes red, scaly skin. Read more.

A blood test potentially may reveal the presence of the HLA-B27 gene, which is often found in people with AS. Read more.

Damage to the lungs can make it difficult to breathe deeply or fight off colds and other infections. Read more.

Inflammation in the neck can cause pain and stiffness, especially in the morning. Read more.

Attention to posture can help prevent shoulders from appearing stooped. Read more.

Exercise can help keep hips flexible. Swimming or water aerobics can make workout time easier and more productive. Read more.

Pain and stiffness in the feet and ankles can interfere with mobility. Read more.

Nerve damage may impair bladder control. Read more.

Scars that form in the bundle of nerves at the base of the spine can cause sexual dysfunction. Read more.

People with AS may be at risk of enlarged aorta. Read more.

AS may increase risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, which could cause a heart attack. Read more.

Stiff Spine
in the Chest
Ankylosing Spondylitis in the Knees
Impaired Vision
Bowel Dysfunction
Scaly Skin
It's in the Blood
Take a Deep Breath
Pain in the Neck
Stooped Shoulders
Get Hip to Exercise
Foot Function
Bladder Dysfunction
Sexual Dysfunction
Enlarged Aorta
Heart Health