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Ankylosing Spondylitis, Orthopedic Perspective (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

People should seek medical care if they believe they have the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis as described above. Patients with worsening pain and stiffness in the hips and spine that is relieved with exercise may have ankylosing spondylitis. This differs from many other causes of back and hip pain where activity can make the pain worse.

Questions to Ask the Doctor

A doctor can determine if a person's symptoms are related to ankylosing spondylitis or another seronegative spondyloarthropathy disorder. Many of the symptoms are not specific to ankylosing spondylitis and can result from other causes or can be part of the normal aging process. A doctor can help determine the cause of the symptoms.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/15/2014

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