Spondylitis — symptoms of spondylitis

Spondylitis is a very rare condition, usually caused by genetics, that contributes to the inflammation of the vertebrae and joints in the spine. The condition can be very painful and, if left untreated, could result in limited mobility and some spinal deformity.

Patients diagnosed with spondylitis usually experience a variety of symptoms, ranging from chronic pain to the inability to move sections of the spine. If you are experiencing these symptoms and you have not been diagnosed with spondylitis, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with your physician to discuss your pain and determine a cause for your symptoms.

Common symptoms of spondylitis

Spondylitis is term used to describe a group of arthritis-based spine conditions that cause the vertebrae and joints in the spine to swell. In very severe cases, the vertebrae of the spine fuse together, causing the spine to lose all ability to move and bend. This could also cause severe, chronic pain. This pain is usually experienced in the lowest section of the lumbar spine in the SI joint (sacroiliac joint) that connects the spine to the pelvis.

The most common symptoms of spondylitis include:

  • Stiffness in the back and neck
  • Inability to turn or twist spine without pain
  • Deformity
  • Unnatural curvature of spine
  • Chronic pain when sitting, standing or walking
  • Limited range of motion in the spine

In addition to symptoms in the spine and pelvic region, spondylitis symptoms may also be felt in other areas of the body. Fatigue, appetite loss, fever and eye inflammation are all possible symptoms of spondylitis.

Treatment options for spondylitis symptoms

Unfortunately, there is no cure for spondylitis. However, there are several treatment options available to help reduce the pain and symptoms associated with spondylitis. The first place to start looking for treatment is through conservative options. The most common forms of conservative treatment for spondylitis include:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical therapy
  • Yoga
  • Exercise
  • Stretches
  • Pain medication
  • Steroid epidural

Many of these conservative treatments can be used in conjunction with one another. Consult your physician to discuss a treatment regimen to help you find pain relief and delay the onset of certain spondylitis symptoms.

If you do not find relief from conservative treatment options, you may consider spine surgery. Laser Spine Institute does not offer minimally invasive surgery to treat spondylosis, but our care team can help you research surgical options and find the best fit for your needs.