What is A.S.?

Ankylosing spondylitis (pronounced ank-kih-low-sing spon-dill-eye-tiss), or AS, is a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine, although other joints can become involved. It causes inflammation of the spinal joints (vertebrae) that can lead to severe, chronic pain and discomfort. In the most advanced cases (but not in all cases), this inflammation can lead to new bone formation on the spine, causing the spine to fuse in a fixed, immobile position, sometimes creating a forward-stooped posture. This forward curvature of the spine is called kyphosis.

AS can also cause inflammation, pain and stiffness in other areas of the body such as the shoulders, hips, ribs, heels and small joints of the hands and feet. Sometimes the eyes can become involved (known as Iritis or Uveitis), and rarely, the lungs and heart can be affected.

To find out more about spondylitis please visit these organizations.

Participating in Walk Your A.S. Off

SAA – Spondylitis Association of America & their Walk team, The Home Team

CSA – Canadian Spondylitis Association & their Walk team, AS Busters

NASS – National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society & the team they are walking with, Gillian’s Orange Apples

ASAI – Ankylosing Spondylitis Association of Ireland & their team SUAS

Spondylitis Association of Bulgaria & their team BULGARIA

Ankylosing Spondylitis Group of Australia, Queensland & their team AS Group of Queensland

For a list of Spondylitis Associations Worldwide

Ankylosing Spondylitis International Federation