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Treatment for Ankylosing Spondylitis - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Any cure for AS
Doctor :   How can I help you?
Doctor :   Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic condition.
Doctor :   A complete cure is yet to be found.
Doctor :   The treatment available now are only to prevent the progress of the condition and prevent flares.
User :   what is the treatment
Doctor :   The treatment is mainly by physical exercise, physiotherapy and antiinflammatory medications.
Doctor :   Based on the severity of the condition, the need for steriod therapy may be decided.
User :   Do we need TNF blocker's if the patient has no movement problem
Doctor :   Steroids and antiinflammatory drugs are the first line of drugs given.
Doctor :   Other drugs including disease modifying drugs, TNF blockers are considered only when the first line of drugs fail to give the desired effects.
Doctor :   The usefulness of other drugs when compared to the steroids is yet to be known.
Doctor :   Hence the first line of treatment under practice till now have been the antiinflammatory drugs with or without steroids.
Doctor :   Are you there?
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.

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