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Ankylosing Spondylitis Specialist

Tara Rizvi, MD

Rheumatologists located in Katy, TX

When you have joint pain, especially in your back, you know how much it can impact your daily life. Tara Rizvi, MD, at Houston Rheumatology and Arthritis Specialists in Katy, Texas, provides expert treatment and support if you suffer from a family of conditions known as spondyloarthritis, which can cause back pain and affect your mobility. For a complete assessment and treatment plan for your spondyloarthropathy, including ankylosing spondylitis, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Ankylosing Spondylitis Q & A

What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Spondyloarthropathy, or spondyloarthritis, refers to a family of autoimmune conditions that cause joint inflammation. It affects mainly the joints of your spine and spinal column but may involve other joints as well.

Unlike other forms of arthritis, this condition specifically affects the connection point of the ligaments and the bones of your joints. Symptoms are caused by either inflammation or bone destruction that creates deformities in your spine and other joints.

Ankylosing spondylitis is the most common form of spondyloarthropathy, which mainly affects the spine. It causes arthritis of the vertebrae, and may result in spine deformities developing over time.

Other forms of spondyloarthropathy include psoriatic arthritis, which is an autoimmune problem that also affects the skin, and reactive spondyloarthritis, which is triggered by the infection.

What are the symptoms of spondyloarthropathy?

Symptoms of this condition can vary depending on the form of spondyloarthropathy you have. The most common symptom is back pain, which often starts in the low back, though you may also experience:

  • Pain in your hips, shoulders, knees, or elbows
  • Pain and tenderness in your heels, fingers, or toes
  • Swelling and weakness in your joints
  • Diminished function in affected joints

In addition to the symptoms it causes, spondyloarthropathy may also cause or worsen conditions such as:

  • Psoriasis
  • Intestinal inflammation (Crohn’s disease or inflammatory bowel syndrome)
  • Uveitis (inflammation and red eyes)

Proper diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent long-term disability and other complications of spondyloarthropathy.

How is spondyloarthropathy treated?

Treatments for this condition usually focus on decreasing inflammation and pain. As a rheumatologist, Dr. Rizvi is knowledgeable about the most up-to-date treatments and techniques to help treat the underlying causes of your symptoms.

Your treatment depends on the form of spondyloarthritis you have, but in general may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Antibiotics
  • Other advanced medication therapies
  • Surgery to correct deformities
  • Physical therapy

It may be important to include other specialists, such as a gastroenterologist or ophthalmologist, as part of your overall treatment plan. This can help to prevent worsening of symptoms or prevent long-term complications as a result of your spondyloarthropathy.

For a consultation with Dr. Rizvi about your symptoms, call Houston Rheumatology and Arthritis Specialists or book an appointment online today.