When To Call A Professional
Contact a health care professional if you have any symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis, especially:
Back pain and stiffness that gets worse gradually over weeks or months
Early morning stiffness that improves when you take a warm shower or do light exercise, especially if this symptom lasts for weeks or months
The symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis usually go through periods of improvement and worsening, and these periods can't be predicted. With treatment, symptoms usually can be relieved or controlled so that you can lead a normal, productive life. However, even with treatment, you may develop permanent posture and movement problems.
Arthritis Foundation P.O. Box 7669 Atlanta, GA 30357-0669 Phone: (404) 872-7100 Toll-Free: (800) 283-7800 http://www.arthritis.org/
Spondylitis Association of America P. O. Box 5872 Sherman Oaks, CA 91413 Phone: (818) 981-1616 Toll-Free: (800) 777-8189 http://www.spondylitis.org