Donate to Ankylosing Spondylitis Research, Patient Care and Education

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a form of arthritis that results in inflammation of the spine. This inflammation leads to stiffness and pain in the joints. Typically, AS occurs in people ages 17-35, but has been diagnosed in children and in older adults. AS usually runs in families and is more prevalent in males than women. Physicians at Northwestern Medicine are committed to providing the best care to patients suffering from AS, and your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help them to realize this important mission.

The symptoms of AS may come and go, yet they commonly include:

  • Body aches
  • Back pain
  • Morning stiffness
  • Poor posture to ease the pain
  • Poor appetite
  • Fever
  • Anemia
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing deeply

Medical professionals are still trying to piece together the cause of AS. Some research suggests that genes may play a part in AS, due to the fact that many people with the disease possess the HLA-B27 gene. However, scientists are puzzled as to why only a small portion of people with this gene actually develop AS. Although there currently is no cure for AS, donations to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will provide vital support to scientists and clinicians at Northwestern Medicine, as they strive to gain a better understanding of AS and its effects on the body.   

Current treatments for AS provide relief for stiffness and pain related to the disease. Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), corticosteroids, muscle relaxants, biologic medicines, and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) help to alleviate discomfort, while yoga, massage, acupuncture and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation also may be beneficial for some patients with AS. Regular exercise can help to keep the symptoms of AS under control. In some cases, surgery might be recommended for joint replacements or other procedures related to the condition.

Ankylosing Spondylitis Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

At Northwestern Medicine, patients with AS can benefit from integrated care delivered by members of the Division of Rheumatology. The dedication and skill of Northwestern Medicine’s rheumatologists, as well as the quality of leading-edge research being conducted into conditions such as AS, distinguish Northwestern Medicine as a national leader in the field of rheumatology. With your support, Northwestern Medicine’s rheumatologists can continue to deliver the most contemporary, most effective care to patients with AS. Please consider making your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation today!

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