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Ankylosing Spondylitis Treatment Information
Our rheumatology specialists provide treatment for ankylosing spondylitis based on your specific needs. Options include:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These medications, which are available in over-the-counter and prescription versions, are typically a first choice for relieving pain and swelling associated with ankylosing spondylitis.
- Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). DMARDs can ease symptoms and improve quality of life for many people with ankylosing spondylitis.
- Biologic response modifiers. These genetically engineered medications, which are also DMARDs, disrupt the immune system responses that lead to joint inflammation. They are used in severe cases.
- Physical therapy. An individualized exercise plan designed by IU Health physical therapists can help you to build flexibility and strength and avoid joint problems.
- Education. We help you use exercise and diet to minimize inflammation and control the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis. Exercises to strengthen back muscles are particularly important.
- Surgery. In cases of severe joint damage, we can recommend surgical options, such as joint replacement, and help you to prepare for and recover from the procedure.
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Ankylosing Spondylitis Support Services
More information on ankylosing spondylitis is available from several national organizations. They include:
A Sampling of Ankylosing Spondylitis Support Services
American College of Rheumatology
This group, representing rheumatologists and other rheumatology professionals, has compiled patient-friendly information on ankylosing spondylitis and related conditions.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
This U.S. government agency offers information on ankylosing spondylitis diagnosis, treatment and resources.
Spondylitis Association of America
This nonprofit organization focuses on ankylosing spondylitis education, advocacy and research.