Ankylosing Spondylitis

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Quiz: Do You Understand Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

Questions
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1

If you have ankylosing spondylitis the body doesn't attempt to repair your lower back by growing new bone.

Explanation:
Similarly to osteoarthritis, if you have ankylosing spondylitis the body attempts to repair your lower back by growing new bone, which often grows across the joint and may even become fused.
2

Pain and stiffness in the tendons is a symptom of ankylosing spondylitis.

Explanation:
Ankylosing spondylitis symptoms include pain and stiffness in the joints in the lower back, spine, hips, knees, shoulders, ligaments and tendons.
3

Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, the inflammation from ankylosing spondylitis won't cause permanent damage to the joints.

Explanation:
Over time, the inflammation from ankylosing spondylitis can cause permanent damage to the joints.
4

Biologics may be used to treat ankylosing spondylitis.

Explanation:
Ankylosing spondylitis treatments include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs and biologics.
5

Ankylosing spondylitis is not linked to heart disease.

Explanation:
Since having AS is linked to heart disease, it’s important to monitor and/or lower your cholesterol and blood pressure.