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Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)

What is Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)?

Ankylosing Spondylitis is a form of arthritis. It is a chronic inflammatory disease that mainly affects the ligaments and joints of the lower back. Other joints are sometimes affected. The severity of AS varies from mild to severe. It is mild or moderate in most cases. Once AS has been diagnosed treatment includes regular exercise and anti-inflammatory medicines. Back pain and stiffness of the spine are the most common signs of AS.

How we treat Ankylosing Spondylitis at Richmond Osteopaths

If we suspect that you have AS and have not yet been diagnosed we will refer you to your GP for blood tests and X-rays. The main treatment is management of the stiffness with mobilisations, massage and exercises. We will discuss long term management and support, such as dietary advice and recommending support groups.

Our advice

Regular exercise that has been prescribed by a physiotherapist, osteopath or sports therapist. Regular massage and mobilisations of the spine is also recommended. Most people with AS remain fully active and independent. General activity such as swimming and walking are also recommended, keeping active is a big part of managing Ankylosing Spondylitis over a long term basis.