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.
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.
Reduced pain and stiffness
Good body flexibility
Improved joint range of movement
Improved muscle strength and endurance
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
Recumbent stationary cycling or cycling
Circuit training for full body work-out: A combination of stretching, strengthening and cardiovascular exercise
Core stability exercises
Consult your Rheumatologist/ Physiotherapist about the most-suited exercise regime for you.