What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?
Ankylosing spondylitis symptoms include pain and stiffness in the joints in the lower back, spine, hips, knees, shoulders, ligaments and tendons. Some people experience inflammation of the tendons of the heels or feet and the eyes. Over time, the inflammation can cause permanent damage to the joints.
Ankylosing Spondylitis Treatments
If you’re diagnosed with AS, your physician will likely refer you to a rheumatologist.
Ankylosing spondylitis treatments include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs and biologics.
Physical therapy and low-impact exercise can also be effective in keeping the spine flexible and the joints mobile.
A physiotherapist can help show you what exercises to do and what you can do to keep your spine straight. Range of movement exercises such as yoga and tai chi can also be beneficial.
Because ankylosing spondylitis is linked to heart disease, it’s important to monitor and/or lower your cholesterol and blood pressure. Early diagnosis and treatment of ankylosing spondylosis is important to control your stiffness and pain, and it may even prevent deformity in the future.
Talk to your rheumatologist if you want more information on ankylosing spondylitis treatment.