Definition. Axial spondyloarthritis (AxSpa) is a chronic progressive inflammatory arthropathy. Patients present with severe pain and spinal stiffness, which ultimately may lead to radiographic changes in the spine and sacroiliac joints. This radiographic stage is known as ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Progression of disease may lead to spinal ...
Ankylosing spondylitis symptoms can range in severity from mild to severe, and they can vary from person to person. Symptoms often present differently in men and women, which can cause delays in diagnosis. Some men report feeling symptoms first in their lower back, while some women report feeling symptoms first in their neck. ...