Ankylosing Spondylitis and Tendonitis

Question

Can you explain how AS and tendonitis go together. I have just been diagnosed with AS and the Dr. said it also explains my wrist tendon and shoulder tendon problems.

Answer

One of the characteristics of anklylosing spondilitis is inflammation where tendons attach to the bone.  This is a condition called enthesitis.  Enthesitis can be painful, especially when it involves tendons in areas frequently used, like the achilles tendon that attaches at the back of the heel.  

Victoria Ruffing, RN

About Victoria Ruffing, RN

Ms. Ruffing has been a member of the Arthritis Center since 2000, currently serving as the Nurse Manager. She is a critical member of our patient care team.