Exercise as a Ankylosing Spondylitis Treatment
Physical therapists prescribe exercises to prevent a stooped posture and breathing problems when the spine starts to fuse and ribs are affected. Back braces may be used to prevent continued deformity of the spine and ribs. Only in severe cases of deformity is surgery performed to straighten and realign the spine, or to replace knee, shoulder, or hip joints.
Exercises can help improve posture and breathing. Lying flat on the back at night can help maintain normal posture. Use devices to help with activities of daily living.
Physical therapy is usually recommended to patients. Learning exercises that strengthen all the supporting muscles in the lower back can make a big difference.
Surgery as a Ankylosing Spondylitis Treatment
Surgery may be performed if pain or joint damage is severe.
Surgery plays a very small part in the management of this condition. About 6% of people with AS need to have a hip replaced. This will successfully restore mobility and eliminate pain of the damaged joint. In rare cases surgery is used to restore a straighter posture of the spine and neck to people who have become severely stooped.
Practicing good posture techniques will also help avoid some of the complications of AS including stiffness and flexion deformities (downward curvature) of the spine
Apply heat and cold to the lower back to control inflaming can help control pain and flexibility.
Modified 5-15-2013 Information compiled from the National Institutes of Health >
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