Once you’ve been diagnosed with AS, you and your rheumatologist will decide on a treatment plan. In addition to medication, your doctor may recommend a regimen of exercise and physical therapy as part of your treatment plan to help improve your posture and mobility. While there is no cure for ankylosing spondylitis, treatment can help reduce the pain and stiffness it causes.
Select patients with severe disease and limited mobility may benefit from spine or hip surgery. It is important to discuss all treatment options and their risks and benefits with the appropriate specialists.
Not treating AS can cause your pain to get worse over time. That’s why it’s so important to seek treatment from a rheumatologist with whom you can discuss all of your symptoms.
EFFECTS OF AS
Over time, symptoms of AS can appear in the upper spine, rib cage, and neck.