Ankylosing Spondylitis

Overview

Ankylosing Spondylitis is an inflammatory arthritis that affects the spine and sacroiliac joints as well as other parts of the body, and that can eventually lead, in some patients, to complete fusion of the vertebrae and total rigidity. AS is not a rare health problem, but is in fact found in almost one percent of the US population, typically strikes young people and young families, and in its various forms is probably more common than rheumatoid arthritis.
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Overview

Ankylosing Spondylitis is an inflammatory arthritis that affects the spine and sacroiliac joints as well as other parts of the body, and that can eventually lead, in some patients, to complete fusion of the vertebrae and total rigidity. AS is not a rare health problem, but is in fact found in almost one percent of the US population, typically strikes young people and young families, and in its various forms is probably more common than rheumatoid arthritis.
In this invaluable guide, Dr. Michael H. Weisman, one of America's leading authorities on AS, provides a down-to-earth, crystal-clear guide that is ideal for patients and their family. Dr. Weisman explains what AS is, discusses the genetic background to the disease (including the genes that researchers think may predispose some people to AS), explains how to diagnose the disease early and possibly prevent the later development of debilitating rigidity, the use of MRI for early detection, and much more. The book outlines which medications (such as TNF inhibitors) seem the most promising right now, the various drug side effects, the value of physical therapy, other treatment approaches, and whether surgery can be used to manage the complications of the disease.
AS can lead to severe disability, but even those who have a milder form will experience painful "flares" alternating with periods of remission. Since it is a progressive disease in many patients, it is very important to reach patients as early as possible. This book will arm patients with the vital information they need to combat the disease.
Laurie M. Savage, the Executive Director of the Spondylitis Association of America (SSA), the main patient support group world-wide, has written a foreword to the book. In addition, SSA will endorse the book and their logo will appear on the cover.

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Reviewer: Lesley M Davila, MD (Washington University Medical Center)
Description: This useful patient-oriented overview of ankylosing spondylitis describes the disease and covers diagnosis and treatment options.
Purpose: Intended to educate patients and family members, this well-written book covers both medical issues and day-to-day concerns about coping with this disease.
Audience: Written by the director of the Rheumatology Division at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, it is aimed at patients with the disease and their families.
Features: The book begins with an overview of ankylosing spondylitis and the anatomy of the spine. It then discusses diagnosis and treatment options as well as lifestyle changes that are important with this disease. A well written question-and-answer section at the end addresses many patient questions and a comprehensive glossary defines medical terms.
Assessment: This book does a great job of educating patients about the disease and its many manifestations. It is a good manual to encourage lifestyle changes that are important for people with ankylosing spondylitis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195399103
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/10/2011
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 553,668
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael H. Weisman, MD, is Director of the Division of Rheumatology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Professor of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles. The author is a leader in the field of AS-related research and patient care and recently published the professional book Ankylosing Spondylitis and the Spondyloarthropathies.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. What, Where, Who, When and Why
Chapter 2. The Spinal Column
Chapter 3. A Look Back in Time
Chapter 4. How Ankylosing Spondylitis Presents Itself
Chapter 5. How Ankylosing Spondylitis is Diagnosed
Chapter 6. Juvenile Ankylosing Spondylitis
Chapter 7. The Family of Spondyloarthritides
Chapter 8. What We've Learned
Chapter 9. Treatment Strategies
Chapter 10. Bone Complications
Chapter 11. Surgery
Chapter 12. Daily Living
Chapter 13. Some Advice About Physical Activity
Chapter 14. Investigating the Unknowns of Ankylosing Spondylitis
Chapter 15. Questions Often Asked About Ankylosing Spondylitis

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