Ankylosing Spondylitis: Managing Muscle Pain with Massage Therapy

For those with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), massages may provide relief from muscle pain and stiffness. If you’re like most people with AS, you’re probably used to having pain in your lower back and other nearby areas. Even though certain over-the-counter and prescription medications can ease your pain and inflammation, they may not be enough. Sometimes…

Non-surgical Treatments for Ankylosing Spondylitis

The goals of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) treatment are to relieve symptoms and prevent spinal deformity. When you and your doctor discuss treatment, you may be surprised to discover that surgery is rarely recommended for AS. Many patients find that nonsurgical methods, such as exercise and medications, are successful at managing their disease and keeping complications…

My Day with AS

I was misdiagnosed for about 7 years and told there was nothing wrong with me and needed to see a psychologist. I knew my own body and knew that something was wrong with me. I eventually got diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis in 1980. By this time l was in excruciating pain and unable to move…

Eating for Ankylosing Spondylitis: Foods That Can Help Support Strong Bones

There’s no proven diet to treat ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a painful, inflammatory condition that causes arthritis in your spine and joints. Still, some foods may help support bone health and reduce inflammation. Eating healthy also helps you maintain a healthy weight to minimize pressure on your bones. Foods for healthy bones Osteoporosis is a condition…

How They Did It: 5 People With Ankylosing Spondylitis Who Realized Their Dreams

Take a moment to picture your heart’s desire. Is it to run a 5K? Raise a family? Write a novel? If living with ankylosing spondylitis makes you think achieving these goals is longer possible, know that the condition doesn’t have to stand in the way of your dreams. “Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of inflammatory…

Age does not affect disease activity, management in ankylosing spondylitis

“Ankylosing spondylitis in the geriatric population tends to be underrepresented in the literature,” Ahmed Omar, MD, of the University of Toronto, told Healio Rheumatology. “But the geriatric population is increasing worldwide. We need more research into this patient population.” Omar and colleagues collected data from a longitudinal, Toronto-based cohort of patients with spondyloarthropathies. Geriatric patients…

What Everyone With Ankylosing Spondylitis Should Know About Fractures

If you have ankylosing spondylitis — a form of inflammatory arthritis that primarily affects the spine — you may also have a higher risk for spinal fractures, even after seemingly minor traumas. “[With ankylosing spondylitis], new bony spurs form and cause the vertebrae to fuse together, robbing your spine of mobility and leaving it vulnerable…

Your Guide to Traveling With Ankylosing Spondylitis

Don’t let the aches and pains of ankylosing spondylitis get in the way of a vacation. Try these smart tips to make your trip a happy one. No matter where you’re traveling, your ankylosing spondylitis (AS) makes the trip, too. Although your condition may make it harder to get from point A to point B,…

Medications for Ankylosing Spondylitis

Scientists haven’t yet developed a cure for ankylosing spondylitis. But prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications can do a lot to control your symptoms and ease pain. Some medicines even slow down or stop your disease from progressing. Here’s a rundown of the most common drug treatments. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) Available over the counter or…

8 Things Rheumatologists Want You to Know About Ankylosing Spondylitis

What Ankylosing Spondylitis Experts Wish You Knew When it comes to managing ankylosing spondylitis (AS), knowledge is power. This type of arthritis affects the spine, but the complications and symptoms can also affect your joints, heart, and eyes. Whether you’re newly diagnosed or have lived with ankylosing AS for years, there’s always more to learn….