Treat Ankylosing Spondylitis right

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Keeping in mind the unique manner in which Ankylosing Spondylitis progresses (bone destruction, followed by new bone formation and fusion)1, therapy should aim to treat pain and inflammation (which destroys the bone) as well as inhibit new bone formation2.

Oral medications and injectables are available to treat Ankylosing Spondylitis3-5.

Discuss the right therapy options with your doctor. Together you can make an informed choice on the best treatment option for you based on your symptoms and co-morbidities.

Choose an option that works to control your symptoms and fight the fuse!

A combination of both of medications as well as practicing the right exercises is the best way to control the debilitating symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis and preventing long term structural damage to the spinal bones.

 

Ask your Rheumatologist about therapies and biologics that slow down spinal fusion.

 

Benefits of exercise in Ankylosing Spondylitis6

 

Even though medications help you control Ankylosing Spondylitis symptoms, exercise is just as important if you want to keep up your flexibility.

A physiotherapist can design a program that will help enhance your movement and flexibility. Always consult your physiotherapist as they are the experts to recommend the appropriate exercises.

 

bennefits-of-exercise

Reduced pain and stiffness
Good body flexibility
Improved joint range of movement

Improved muscle

Improved muscle strength and endurance

Improved balance

Improved balance

Improved sleep

Improved sleep quality

The right treatment, regular exercise and adequate lifestyle modifications will help you get back your life!

 

Your exercise routine should include a warm up and cool down.7 Exercises that can be included in your daily routine are:

Deep breathing exercises

Walking

Recumbent stationary cycling or cycling

Circuit training for full body work-out: A combination of stretching, strengthening and cardiovascular exercise

Core stability exercises

Yoga

Swimming

 

Consult your Rheumatologist/ Physiotherapist about the most-suited exercise regime for you.

 

 

Ask your Rheumatologist about therapies and biologics that slow down spinal fusion.

 

References: Magrey MN and Khan MA. Curr Rheumatol Rep 2017;19:17. 2. van der Heijde D, et al. Ann Rheum Dis 2017;0:1–14. 3. Medication. NASS. Available [Online] at: http://nass.co.uk/about-as/living-well-with-as/medication-for-as/ Accessed on 6 Sept 2017. 4. Ankylosing spondylitis and related conditions. Available [Online] at URL: https://www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/conditions/ankylosing-spondylitis/ Accessed on 22 August,2017. 5. Biologic therapy. National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society. Available [online] at URL: http://nass.co.uk/aboutas/living-well-withas/medication-for-as/anti-tnf-therapy/ Accessed on 9th June 2017. 6. Exercise classes. National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society. Available [online] at URL: http://nass.co.uk/exercise/exercise-classes/ Accessed on 9th June 2017. 7. Exercise for your AS. National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society. Available [online] at URL:http://nass.co.uk/exercise/exercise-for-your-as/ Accessed on 8th June 2017