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Ankylosing Spondylitis, Neurologic Perspective Topic Guide
Ankylosing Spondylitis, Neurologic Perspective: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a long-term disease that affects the joints near the center of the body, especially the spine and sacroiliac joints. Symptoms include low back pain and stiffness and rib cage pain and stiffness. Treatment involves exercise to strengthen the neck and back, smoking cessation, and taking pain medications.