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Don't Live With The Pain: 3 Ways To Alleviate The Pain Associated With Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of arthritis that affects the spine and it's most prevalent among men. If left untreated, it can lead to pain and stiffness in the back. If you've recently been diagnosed with this medical condition, it's important that you follow the treatment plan that your doctor has prescribed for you. While surgery may be necessary to repair the damage, there are some things you can do to alleviate the pain and discomfort you may be experiencing. 

Exercise Daily

With ankylosing spondylitis, pain and discomfort can increase when you sit still for too long. To reduce the discomfort associated with AS, you should try to exercise at least once a day. The type of exercise doesn't matter, as long as you get up and move. Low-impact aerobics – especially walking and water aerobics – work will keep your muscles relaxed. It's important to note that with AS, you should reduce your exercising if you experience fatigue or increased discomfort during your exercise routine.

Increase Your Flexibility

If you have ankylosing spondylitis, you may experience stiffness in your back. Increasing your flexibility can help slow down the progression of the disease. One way to increase your flexibility is to work with a physical therapist. Controlled stretching can help increase flexibility in your back.

Work on Your Posture

The symptoms of AS can be aggravated by poor posture. There are some simple exercises you can do at home that will help improve your posture and decrease the pain and discomfort associated with AS.

Lay and Stretch

Lay face down on a firm surface. Breathe in deeply while pulling your navel in towards your spine. Hold the position for about 10 seconds and then exhale. Repeat 5 times. You can do this exercise several times a day to improve your posture and relieve pressure on your spine.

Sliding Wall Rests

Stand up against a wall. Place your feet about 12" away from the wall. With your back flat, slide down the wall until you're in a near-seating position. Hold this position for about 15 seconds and return to a standing position. Repeat the exercise five times, twice a day.

If you have ankylosing spondylitis, there are things you can do to reduce the pain. In addition to the suggestions provided above, be sure to follow the instructions provided by your doctor. If your symptoms increase, be sure to discuss other options with your doctor and visit a site like for more information about your options.