AU-IMMR-190065, August 2021

Inflammatory back pain (IBP) and AS

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) may be a funny sounding disease, but it can cause some serious back pain. Unlike most forms of back pain that are mechanical or muscular, AS is like arthritis for your back. It causes inflammation of the joints in your spine, which can eventually cause your bones to fuse and become extremely painful. It tends to be hereditary and is about 3 times more common in men than women.¹ AS may also affect other organs in your body, such as the eyes, gut and the joints in your hands and feet.¹

Left undiagnosed and unmanaged, AS can lead to permanent stiffening and changes in the spine.¹ It’s important to figure out if your chronic back pain is inflammatory and caused by AS, because it should be managed differently to other forms of back pain.

Once you’ve completed the 5-question inflammatory back pain (IBP) symptom screener, the next step is to have a chat with your GP. Your doctor may do further testing and consider referral to a Rheumatologist – a specialist physician who has expertise in diseases of the joints, muscles and bones.

With the proper management, you could get back to doing more of the things you love.

Take the IBP symptom screener

Reference: 1. Rudalweit M & Sieper, J. Nat Rev Rheumatol 2012; 8:262–268.