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How can working with a physical therapist help you manage ankylosing spondylitis?

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When you strengthen the muscles that support your spine, you can boost your flexibility and lower pain.

It’s best to work with a qualified therapist. She can make sure your form is right. When some exercises are done the wrong way, they can make you feel worse.

A trainer can keep you on the right track and motivated. In addition to strength training and stretching, your program might include exercising in water, posture training, and deep-breathing exercises.

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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