Besides finding appropriate medication, here are how diet and exercise can be part of an overall treatment plan for AS.
Although there may be some diet plans that are promoted as being good for ankylosing spondylitis, few of these claims have been substantiated in clinical studies. Some people with AS and other chronic inflammatory conditions have found that certain foods trigger changes in symptoms. You might want to try keeping a food diary over a few weeks to see if there are differences in symptoms—better or worse—and to detect possible food sensitivities.
Getting regular exercise is vital in managing ankylosing spondylitis, as it can help prevent permanent stiffness and preserve range of motion in your back and neck. Talk to your rheumatologist, who may recommend you see a physical therapist who can work with you on your overall exercise program, but here are a few exercises you can try:
Practicing good posture is also important, as it can help ease some pain and stiffness. For examples of specific exercises you can try, other tips, and all the AS info you need, sign up now.
Before starting a new exercise plan, discuss with your rheumatologist if it’s right for you.