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How is ankylosing spondylitis treated?

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There is no cure for ankylosing spondylitis, but there are treatments that can reduce discomfort and improve function. The goals of treatment are to reduce pain and stiffness, maintain a good posture, prevent deformity, and preserve the ability to perform normal activities. When properly treated, people with ankylosing spondylitis may lead fairly normal lives. Under ideal circumstances, a team approach to treat spondylitis is recommended. Members of the treatment team typically include the patient, doctor, physical therapist, and occupational therapist. In patients with severe deformities, osteotomy and fusion can be done.

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Spondylitis Association of America.

WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain."

FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” "FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 28, 2018

SOURCES:

Spondylitis Association of America.

WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain."

FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” "FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 28, 2018

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