Ankylosing spondylitis, or AS, is a form of arthritis that affects the spine, although other joints can also be involved. Because AS causes inflammation of the vertebrae in the spine, people with AS can experience severe, chronic pain. AS can also cause inflammation and pain in other areas of the body including shoulders, hips, ribs, hands, and feet.
I recently compiled several tips for managing AS, which appeared in Everyday Health. I suggested that those with AS should work with a physical therapist to learn exercises aimed to strengthen the back and neck. Many AS sufferers also benefit from maintaining good ergonomics and posture. Check out the Everyday Health article to see the complete list of tips for managing AS.
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