Sorry, we do not currently have a study that is accepting patients. If you would like to be considered for future studies, please call our research department at (281) 766-7886. The team at Advanced Rheumatology of Houston would be happy to hear from you.
Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of spondyloarthritis, which is a term for a family of inflammatory conditions. In fact, ankylosing spondylitis is the most common condition in this family. The cause of the illness is linked to hereditary or the genes. More specifically, the primary gene that contributes to the disease HLA-B27.
This condition can be very severe because it affects the spine. Inflammation appears in the vertebrae, which causes aches and pain. Advanced inflammation could lead to ankylosis. Ankylosis occurs when new bone forms in the spine. Subsequently, the spine fuses and becomes immobile. The spine is not the only place this condition can affect.
Pain and discomfort can be found in the joints of your hands, fingers, shoulders, hips, and ribs. In more severe cases, organs are affected, such as the lungs. Every case of ankylosing spondylitis is different, so the symptoms will also vary. Symptoms usually start out as mild but worsen as time goes on. Common symptoms include the following:
- Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back
- Pain is worse during times of prolonged inactivity
- Mild fever
- Loss of appetite
- Neck pain
Ankylosing Spondylitis Research Study
There is no cure for this rheumatologic condition. The treatment options help manage the symptoms. The most common regimens for ankylosing spondylitis are medication and physical therapy. Practicing good posture and exercising regularly also helps control the symptoms. These practices can help reduce the pain in your back.
Research studies test investigational new drugs for illnesses. An ankylosing spondylitis study would help test a more advanced drug that may have an effect on more patients. If you are interested in a study like this, then give us a call. As we mentioned before, there is currently no active research study for this condition. That said, we would be happy to hear from you if you are interested.
Get in touch with Advanced Rheumatology of Houston by calling (281) 766-7886. Patients can also fill out the contact form to express their interest in an ankylosing spondylitis research study.