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Were you looking for information about Ankylosing Spondylitis? Ankolysing spondylitis is a common misspelling of ankylosing spondylitis.
 
Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory disease that usually affects the spine. It is a form of arthritis that is more likely to develop in men than in women. Symptoms of the disease may begin with back pain and stiffness. The condition can also affect the knees, hips, shoulders, and other joints. In some cases, it can even cause health problems involving the eyes.
 
Treatment for the disease often involves physical therapy, exercise, and medications to help manage its symptoms and slow its progression. Although ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic disease, most people with the condition remain gainfully employed. It is uncommon for this type of arthritis to shorten a person's lifespan.
  
(Click Ankylosing Spondylitis for a more detailed overview of this condition. This article explores risk factors for the condition, explains how the disease is diagnosed, and discusses treatment in greater detail. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.)
 
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