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Spondylitis, also known as Ankylosing Spondylitis in the medical term, is one of the common conditions of the spine. This condition is a result of inflammation of one or more vertebrae, which develops slowly over a period of time. Small bones in the spine get fused making the spine less flexible. And it further leads to hunch-forward posture. Consult the best Orthopaedic doctor to get best treatment for Spondylitis at Felix Hospital.

Spondylitis is broadly categorised into three categories-

  • Cervical Spondylitis – which affect the back, causing pain in the back of the neck.
  • Lumbar Spondylitis - which causes pain in the lumbar region
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis – which affect sacroiliac joints, causing stiffness in the neck, jaw, shoulders, hips and knees.

The area which is more inclined towards Spondylitis are-

  • The joint between the base of your spine and your pelvis
  • The vertebrae in your lower back
  • Areas where your tendons and ligaments attach to bones
  • The cartilage between your breastbone and ribs
  • Your hip and shoulder joints

Common Symptoms

Some of the early signs for identifying Spondylitis are-

  • Pain and Stiffness in Lower Back and Hips (especially in the morning)
  • Neck pain
  • Fatigue
  • Poor postures or Stooped Shoulders
  • Reduced Lung function
  • Weight Loss


There are no specific causes which can be related to this condition. But two risk factors have been associated with Spondylitis.

  • Genetic
  • Ageing

How to Prevent It

Though there is no specific prevention available if it is genetic. However, being physically active can help in improving mobility and posture and can minimize the long term impact.