Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that causes inflammation between the vertebrae and in the joints where the spine and pelvis meet. The condition frequently runs in families and tends to be more severe and prevalent among men.

The multidisciplinary UT Southwestern Spine Center offers all available evidence-based treatments for ankylosing spondylitis – both medical and surgical. Given the challenges in the diagnosis and management of ankylosing spondylitis, our team of specialists at UT Southwestern is uniquely skilled at addressing the complexities of care for patients with this potentially debilitating form of arthritis.

Diagnosis

If we suspect that you have ankylosing spondylitis, we’ll conduct a physical examination and order additional testing.

Tests, procedures, and spine imaging studies used to diagnose ankylosing spondylitis can include X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and laboratory testing.

Treatments

Our specialists at the UT Southwestern Spine Center treat ankylosing spondylitis with therapies that include:

  • Anti-inflammation and anti-rheumatic drugs
  • Cortisone injections
  • Immunotherapies
  • Surgical correction, including osteotomy – a complex surgical procedure to straighten the spine

Clinical Trials

UT Southwestern conducts clinical trials aimed at improving the treatment of spine conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis. Talk with your doctor to see if a clinical trial is right for you.

Meet Our Experts

UT Southwestern spine specialists who treat ankylosing spondylitis include:

Learn more about the Spine Center team.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with an ankylosing spondylitis specialist at UT Southwestern’s facilities in Dallas or to learn more about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.