Spondylitis is one of the most common causes of back and neck pain and is essentially the result of an inflammation of the vertebral joints. The problem with detecting the condition is that it develops silently and comes to prominence once the condition has fully developed. Pain in spondylitis is usually concentrated around the cervical region of the neck, shoulder and lower spine with the instances and stings of pain flowing further downwards.
There are three main types of spondylitis:
- Cervical spondylitis – which affects the cervical spine, causing the pain to spread towards the back of the neck
- Lumbar spondylitis – which causes the pain in the lumbar region
- Ankylosing spondylitis – which is primarily a disease that affects the sacroiliac joints, causing stiffness in the lower back, hips, knees and chest