THIS IS AN AUTO- IMMUNE DISEASE,
No cure is known for AS, although treatments and medications are available to reduce symptoms and pain.
and exercise, along with medication, are at the heart of therapy for ankylosing spondylitis
and physical exercises are preceded by medical treatment to reduce the inflammation and pain, and are commonly followed by a physician. This way the movements will help in diminishing pain and stiffness
, while exercise in an active inflammatory state would just make the pain worse. Normal occupations may be precluded by the symptoms of the disease.
Some may require the help of walking aids, such as a cane, to help assist in balance and relieve some pressure on affected joints while walking and standing. Many with AS find it very difficult to sit or stand for prolonged periods
of time, which can be as little as 20 minutes; therefore, many need to alternate times of sitting and standing, as well as times of rest.
Medical professionals and experts in AS have speculated that maintaining good posture can reduce the likelihood of a fused or curved spine which occurs in a significant percentage of diagnosed persons.