While there is no cure for AS, it is possible to help reduce the pain and stiffness it causes. There are several treatment options to discuss with your doctor, including exercise and medication.
NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are used to treat pain and stiffness. These are usually the first medications doctors prescribe. Sometimes NSAIDs may not be helpful enough in reducing symptoms.
Biologics may be used if NSAIDs aren’t doing enough. Your doctor may suggest a biologic to help reduce pain and stiffness in your spinal joints.
Your doctor may also consider other medications, such as sulfasalazine for pain and swelling in your peripheral joints, or corticosteroids to help reduce pain and inflammation.
Exercise and physical therapy may help relieve symptoms along with improving posture and flexibility. Your doctor may recommend a regimen of exercise and physical therapy as part of your treatment plan.