Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a chronic condition that affects the joints and spine.
While there is no official cure for AS, there are treatments available that can help manage the symptoms and improve quality of life.
Treatment for AS vary on the patient but can include: medication, physical therapy, lifestyle and dietary changes, and in some cases, surgery.
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Here is a very brief overview:
There are several types of medication that may be used to treat AS including:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): These medications, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, can help reduce pain and inflammation in the joints.
Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs): These medications, such as methotrexate, can help slow the progression of the disease and reduce inflammation.
Biologics: These medications, such as etanercept and adalimumab, can help reduce inflammation and slow the progression of the disease.
Physical therapy and regular exercise:
Physical therapy can be helpful for people with AS. It helps maintain flexibility and range of motion in the joints.
Stretching, strength training, and low-impact activities such as walking, swimming and biking can be particularly impactful.
There are several lifestyle changes that may be helpful for people with AS. These include maintaining good posture: Good posture can help reduce pain and improve spinal alignment in people with AS. Quitting smoking: Smoking can worsen symptoms of AS, so quitting smoking may be helpful.
Diet is also extremely important. Staying fit and healthy and avoid refined sugars, excess alcohol and also introducing anti-inflammatory foods into the diet can be very beneficial.
In some more extreme cases, surgery may be necessary to treat AS. Surgery may be recommended if there is severe joint damage or if other treatments have not been effective.
The types of surgery that may be used to treat AS include joint replacement surgery and spinal fusion surgery.
While there is no official cure for Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) to date, there are several treatment options available that can help manage the symptoms and improve quality of life.
These treatment options may include medication, physical therapy and lifestyle and dietary changes.