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Expert warns: ‘Inflammatory spine rheumatism can be seen at any age’

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Rheumatology Specialist Dr. Yeliz Zahiroğlu made statements about ankylosing spondylitis. Stating that the disease is 2-3 times more common in men than in women, Zahiroğlu said, “Low pain occurs at a young age, lasts for more than 3 months, has an insidious onset, pain and stiffness increase with rest, stiffness in the neck, back, waist and hips in the morning, Reduction of pain with training and movement, waking up with pain in the middle of the night, some movement and relaxation are the main findings. Additional symptoms such as pain in the heels, swelling


Stating that ankylosing spondylitis reduces the quality of life if not treated, Exp. Dr. Yeliz Zahiroğlu said, “It can cause permanent spine disorder, especially humpback and permanent neck stiffness. It can cause permanent damage to the joints and ligaments. This situation creates a risk of disability in patients.”

Zahiroğlu concluded his words as follows:

“Early diagnosis and treatment are valuable to prevent these adverse conditions. When low back pain and pain in the back of the hip begin, it can be diagnosed and treated before any damage occurs. Necessary treatments should be given early by adding appropriate training methods.”

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