Fast Five Quiz: Ankylosing Spondylitis Management

Herbert S. Diamond, MD

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June 29, 2020

Water therapy and swimming are excellent activities for maintaining mobility and fitness in patients with AS and have been shown to significantly reduce pain and disease activity.

Physical therapy is important for maintaining function, and a proper exercise program is a crucial component of such therapy. Patients obtain a significant reduction in symptoms after exercising.

Postural training is also useful. Maintaining an erect posture during daily activities and sleeping on a firm mattress with a thin pillow tend to reduce the tendency toward thoracic kyphosis.

Spinal extension and deep-breathing exercises help maintain spinal mobility, encourage erect posture, and promote chest expansion.

Learn more about physical therapy and exercise in AS.

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