Ankylosing Spondylitis, Rheumatologic Perspective (cont.)
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The goals of treatment of ankylosing spondylitis are to reduce pain and stiffness, to prevent deformities, and to maintain normal function.
Treatment of ankylosing spondylitis includes exercise and physical therapy to help improve posture and spinal mobility. Medical treatment is used to reduce inflammation and pain, to prevent joint damage, and to stop progression of the disease.
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The spondyloarthropathies (SpAs) are a family of related disorders that includes ankylosing spondylitis (AS), reactive arthritis (ReA; also known as Reiter syndrome [RS]), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), spondyloarthropathy associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), undifferentiated spondyloarthropathy (USpA), and, possibly, Whipple disease and Behçet disease.