More information about spondylitis

Spondylitis is a rare, arthritis-based spine condition that slowly deteriorates the joints and discs in the spine, causing the vertebrae to have no cushion or movement. Eventually, the vertebrae of the spine might fuse together, completely limiting mobility of the spine. Spondylitis is often painful and can progress more rapidly than most spine conditions.

While the cause of spondylitis is unknown, researchers have found a correlation between the gene HLA-B27 and patients who develop spondylitis. In fact, most patients with spondylitis are found to have the HLA-B27 gene, though not all spondylitis patients possess it. Though there is no known cause for spondylitis, there are a few risk factors to consider for the development of this condition:

  • Genetics — Genetics play the largest role in determining who develops spondylitis. If an immediate family member has spondylitis, you may also be at risk for developing the condition.
  • Age — Spondylitis generally develops in teenagers and young adults in their twenties.
  • Gender — Spondylitis often affects men more than women.

The most important risk factor to remember is genetics. While age and gender may play a small role, we can safely assume that a vast majority of teenage boys will not develop this rare spine condition. However, a teenage boy with a parent who has spondylitis is more at risk to develop spondylitis as well.

As you continue to research this spine condition, we encourage you to reach out to a Spine Care Consultant with any questions or concerns. We can help you find conservative treatment options for your pain and support groups who understand the burden of living with spondylitis. We are here to walk you through every step of this journey to find pain relief.