Besides finding appropriate medication, here are how diet and exercise can be part of an overall treatment plan for AS.
To control inflammation caused by AS, the best path forward is to partner with your rheumatologist to find a treatment plan that’s right for you.
Some people with AS and other chronic inflammatory conditions found that certain foods trigger changes in symptoms. Keep a food diary to see if there are differences in symptoms—better or worse—and to detect possible food sensitivities. Enjoying anti-inflammatory foods—like fruits, vegetables, fish, and healthy fats—may reduce inflammation and help your body fight AS.
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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. Exercise has been shown to help maintain mobility and range of motion, can improve general health and function, and plays a role in helping to prevent permanent stiffness related to ankylosing spondylitis.
Talk to your rheumatologist, who may recommend you see a physical therapist who can work with you on your overall exercise program. Here are a few exercises you can try:
Before starting a new exercise plan, discuss with your rheumatologist if it’s right for you.