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How can using heat or ice help you manage your ankylosing spondylitis pain?

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Having a flare? Use heat or ice. A physical therapist may recommend either hot or cold therapy.

You can use a cold pack on inflamed areas to help with swelling. And you can use heat to loosen up tight muscles and ease joint stiffness. Take a warm shower before a workout, for example, to help you move better.

From: Pain Management for Your Back WebMD Medical Reference

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, , December 2011. Journal of Rheumatology

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

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 14, 2018

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, , December 2011. Journal of Rheumatology

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

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 14, 2018

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