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How can muscle relaxants help control ankylosing spondylitis pain?

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Your doctor may prescribe these to help with painful muscle spasms, ease stiffness, and make it easier to exercise. You’ll probably only take them for short times.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What is ankylosing spondylitis?”

Grant Louie, MD, assistant professor of medicine, division of rheumatology, Johns Hopkins Medical Center.

Mattey, DL, Journal of Rheumatology, December 2011.

Spondylitis Association of America: “Ankylosing Spondylitis,” “Exercise and Posture.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on October 13, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What is ankylosing spondylitis?”

Grant Louie, MD, assistant professor of medicine, division of rheumatology, Johns Hopkins Medical Center.

Mattey, DL, Journal of Rheumatology, December 2011.

Spondylitis Association of America: “Ankylosing Spondylitis,” “Exercise and Posture.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on October 13, 2020

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