Ankylosing Spondylitis, Rheumatologic Perspective (cont.)
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The following steps can help alleviate pain and stiffness in people with ankylosing spondylitis:
Regular exercise is an essential part of the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis. Exercises that strengthen the back and neck can help maintain correct posture. Aerobic exercises, such as swimming, are very helpful because they promote flexibility of the spine and movement of the shoulder and hip joints. A hot shower before exercise often relieves some joint pain and stiffness and makes exercising easier and less painful. Exercise should be started slowly and performed when pain is minimized.
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