6 doctors weighed in:
Ankylosing spondylitis still be progressive even though after suffering 20 years?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Though the full form of ankylosing spondylitis tends to be less painful (since the spine fuses itself), it is not normal.
Minor trauma can break it, and it tends to be unstable, often injuring the spinal cord. If if fuses in a deformed position, this risk goes up. It some cases the deformity (kyphosis) will increase through microscopic fractures caused by gravity and poor bone quality.

In brief: Yes
Though the full form of ankylosing spondylitis tends to be less painful (since the spine fuses itself), it is not normal.
Minor trauma can break it, and it tends to be unstable, often injuring the spinal cord. If if fuses in a deformed position, this risk goes up. It some cases the deformity (kyphosis) will increase through microscopic fractures caused by gravity and poor bone quality.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
With time there can less activity - what we call burned out as.
With time symptoms can be related to the damage from ankylosing spondylitis. The as needs to be evaluated regarding the amount of activity vs the mechanical damage effects. There are laboratory studies, examination techniques and imaging techniques such as MRI that help tract the inflammatory activity. Also treatments vary.

In brief: Yes
With time there can less activity - what we call burned out as.
With time symptoms can be related to the damage from ankylosing spondylitis. The as needs to be evaluated regarding the amount of activity vs the mechanical damage effects. There are laboratory studies, examination techniques and imaging techniques such as MRI that help tract the inflammatory activity. Also treatments vary.
Dr. John Goldman
Dr. John Goldman
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