Physical Exam for Ankylosing Spondylitis Diagnosis

During the physical exam, the doctor will look for signs and symptoms that are consistent with ankylosing spondylitis. These include pain along the spine and/or in the pelvis, sacroiliac joints, heels, and chest.  During the physical exam, your doctor might ask you to bend in different directions to test the range of motion in your spine. He or she might try to reproduce your pain by pressing on specific portions of your pelvis or by moving your legs into a particular position. Also, your doctor might ask you to take a deep breath to check for any problems with chest expansion, which could be caused by inflammation in the joints where the ribs attach to the spine. Severely affected people can have a stooped posture.

A physical examination entails looking for sites of inflammation. Other symptoms and indicators are also taken into account, including a history of iritis or uveitis (inflammation of the eye), Inflammation of the eyes can be evaluated by the doctor with an ophthalmoscope. A history of gastrointestinal infections (for example, the presence of Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis), and a family history of AS, as well as fatigue due to the presence of inflammation.


Symptoms evaluation for Ankylosing Spondylitis Diagnosis



Medical History for Ankylosing Spondylitis Diagnosis

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Lab tests for Ankylosing Spondylitis Diagnosis



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