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Here's some good news: Most patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) won't need surgery. Read about the situations where surgery may be recommended and what procedures surgeons use for AS. Also includes tips for an easy recovery from spine surgery.
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) is arthritis that causes joint inflammation and stiffness for more than 6 weeks in a child of 16 years of age or less. There are several types of JRA, and this article gives an overview. You may also hear JRA called "juvenile idiopathic arthritis."
To deal with the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis, you have several non-surgical treatment options. Exercise can bring pain relief and keep your spinal joints mobile. Your doctor may prescribe medications for inflammation. Other options are explained, too.
The first symptom of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is usually pain in the sacroiliac joints (located at the back of the pelvis). From there, AS can spread up the spine, causing bones to fuse, also known as ossification.
The medical community isn't sure what causes juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). They know it's an autoimmunie disease; the immune system turns against the body and attacks healthy tissues. That's what causes joint inflammation associated with JRA (also called juvenile idiopathic arthritis).