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What do you need to know about pain management for ankylosing spondylitis?

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The best defense against back pain from ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is controlling your disease with a daily treatment plan. It will usually include medications your doctor recommends. When the pain is worse than normal and you’re having a flare, your doctor may have you try other drugs.

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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