Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN, Editor

Judi Ebbert earned her PhD at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health. She has worked at three NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers and is a writer/editor at Moffitt Cancer Center. Judi has great interest in chronic disease prevention and treatment, and is an advocate for equitable access to care and optimal quality of life for all people. She loves swimming, her dogs and cats, great food, art, humor, and cinematic thrillers. She’s on Twitter at Judi@judithebbert.

Treatment Options for Ankylosing Spondylitis

AS is incurable, but treatment advances can control pain and stiffness. The American College of Rheumatology’s treatment goal is to ease symptoms and preserve normal posture, flexibility, and the ability to work and enjoy life.
Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Arthritis: A Wide Array of Diseases

Arthritis, per the Arthritis Foundation, is an informal term for joint disease. Arthritis refers to degenerative musculoskeletal changes in joints. There are at least 100 types of arthritis and related conditions.
Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Ankylosing Spondylitis: The Prognosis

Prognosis is the medical term for predicted outcome of a disease or disorder. When a disorder gets too close for comfort, knowing the prognosis is a top priority.
Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Diagnosing Ankylosing Spondylitis

A person with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) will likely have stiffness and pain at the base of the spine and lower back.
Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

AS: The Causes and Risk Factors

We wish we had a short answer, but research to date has not pinpointed the cause of ankylosing spondylitis (AS).
Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Who Diagnoses and Treats AS?

A person with undiagnosed ankylosing spondylitis (AS) may first discuss symptoms with a primary care physician (PCP).
Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN