Ankylosing Spondylitis

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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a type of inflammatory arthritis where the body’s immune system becomes over-active and starts to cause inflammation in the joints and soft tissues.  This can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in any joint, but particularly affects the spine.  Medication can be very helpful in decreasing the amount of inflammation in your body, however, physiotherapy can also help to decrease your symptoms and keep you active. 

Your physiotherapist will perform an assessment and teach you exercises to help to maintain your joint mobility and prevent future problems.  They will also show you specific exercises to help with any particularly painful joints.  You should also try to keep generally fit and active, as regular physical exercise helps to minimise the pain and stiffness associated with AS.  Further information about Ankylosing Spondylitis can he found on the Arthritis Research UK website.