Back pain and ankylosing spondylitis | This AS Life

We’ve all been there – you wake up and there’s that early-morning back twinge. But what if that twinge is something more? In its early stages, AS can feel similar to normal back pain – so similar that it can be difficult to spot the warning signs and get help early. That’s why we called in some expert assistance.

Alongside Dr Shashank Akerkar from Mumbai’s Arthritis Clinic and Research Centre, we’ve put together a few simple tests that you can do with the help of a friend. If you see poor results across several of these tests it might be worth asking your doctor for an appointment to check for AS.

These tests are not intended to offer a firm diagnosis of AS – you should always consult your doctor.


This article was written by Dr Shashank Akerkar, with help from the resident experts at A social site helping the whole AS community to: Learn. Share. Inspire. Discuss.




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Dr Shashank Akerkar is a Consultant Rheumatologist at the Mumbai Arthritis Clinic and Research Centre in India. Describing himself as a ‘patient-centric Rheumatologist’, Dr Akerkar regularly tweets and blogs on a range of rheumatology topics (including ankylosing spondylitis). He is also the creator of an app specifically for patients with lupus.

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