Back problems are a very common source of pain and disability, and the terms Ankylosing Spondylitis and spondylosis are often used when talking about them. These conditions are easily confused, but are quite distinct.
Ankylosing spondylitis denotes any disease which gives rise to inflammation of the joints between vertebrae as well as the sacroiliac ligaments. The joints usually involved are those at the bottom of the spine, between the sacral vertebrae the pelvic bones.
Spondylosis is a completely different disorder of the spine, resulting from degenerative rather than inflammatory.
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