Treatment goals are to relieve pain and strengthen muscles to promote proper posture
Treatment and management of ankylosing spondylitis usually takes a multifaceted approach. There are a few treatments your doctor might suggest:
- Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat inflammation and pain. of these medications should allow the individual to participate in exercise programs that improve posture and breathing
- Corticosteroids can be used to manage ankylosing spondylitis, but avoid using these medications in the long term.
- Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs sulfasalazine(Azulfidine) and methotrexate (Trexall, Rasuvo) can help to control disease progression.
- Surgical intervention may be essential for some individuals. Surgical attention may include surgical fusion (for stabilization), reduction and stabilization of spinal fractures, decompression of cervical or lumbar stenosis, and possible replacement of weight-bearing joints.
. Smoking is discouraged because the disorder can eventually limit air exchange.
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