Ankylosing Spondylitis / Kyphosis / Rheumatoid Arthritis

New Jersey Spinal Arthritis Doctor

Spinal ArthritisArthritis is incredibly common, especially in older adults, and it takes many forms. Ankylosing spondylitis, for example, is a type of arthritis that generally affects the back and spine. Kyphosis presents with a forward rounding of the back, generally as a result of osteoporosis or spinal malformations. Rheumatoid arthritis is another type of arthritis, but differs from the previous two in that it typically affects the small joints in the hands and feet.

No matter what kind of arthritis you find yourself dealing with, you can count on Jersey Spine Associates to handle your case quickly and efficiently. We understand that your pain is serious and we seek to treat the underlying cause as promptly as possible, to limit the negative effects on your health and well-being. We treat and help patients recover across New Jersey & Philadelphia, including Camden, Marlton, Linwood, Cherry Hill & Brick.

What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of inflammatory disease that typically results in a spinal fusion of the vertebrae, which impacts the flexibility of the spine. Patients with ankylosing spondylitis often display a hunched-over posture, and may have difficulty breathing deeply if the ribs are affected. This condition typically manifests in early adulthood and tends to affect men more frequently than women. Though the condition mainly affects the spine, it can lead to inflammation in other parts of the body as well, such as the eyes. There is no cure for this condition, though medications, physical therapy, and/or spine surgery may help to relieve pain and lessen symptoms.

Kyphosis is a term used to describe the exaggerated rounding of a person’s back. While a little bit of rounding is normal, excessive rounding may be secondary to spinal weakness resulting from osteoporosis or a malformation of the spine. Mild cases of kyphosis generally don’t cause a problem, but severe kyphosis may result in pain and disfigurement. Treatment options vary depending on the underlying cause and the amount of curvature, but pain medications, physical therapy, and surgical spine procedures are the most common treatments.

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is actually an autoimmune disease and chronic inflammatory disorder that causes painful swelling of the joints, which can eventually lead to bone damage and joint deformities. Though RA typically affects the joints in the hands and feet, it can also affect the spine, leading to pain and stiffness in the neck. In severe cases, the inflammation may lead to subluxation of the spine. Treatment options for this condition may include pain medications, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, and (in extreme cases) back surgery.

Call Today For a Free Consultation

At Jersey Spine Associates, we specialize in conditions of the spine, but are fully equipped to handle a variety of joint and bone deformities as well. If you or a loved one suffers from one of the three conditions reviewed above, do not hesitate to call us for a free consultation. Dr. Ravi K. Ponnappan, MD has many years of experience as an orthopedic spine surgeon and, together with his expert staff, will find the perfect course of treatment for you.