Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)
Physiotherapy is a key element of treatment and physiotherapy has beneficial effects for patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS).
Exercises should include deep breathing and aerobic exercise, stretching, strengthening, and postural exercises, spinal extension and a range of motion exercises for the spine. Swimming and pilates are also recommended. Spinal surgery may be of value in selected patients and is performed for a variety of reasons in ankylosing spondylitis patients.1
Best Exercises for Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)
Spinal extension exercises
Treatment types for Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)
Alternative medicine like yoga or acupuncture
Among the drug therapies, the following options are available2,3
Biosimilar medicines are structurally not exact copies of the original biologic drug and hence, are not generics. The idea of developing a biosimilar was to provide alternative products, with similar efficacy, at a lower cost than the original biological medicines (like etanercept, infliximab, and adalimumab). Biosimilars have comparable quality, safety, and effectiveness to biologicals from which they have been derived. The amino acid sequence, potency, dosing, route of administration and clinical effects are identical in both biosimilars and biologicals.
- Wenker KJ, Quint JM. Ankylosing Spondylitis. [Updated 2018 Nov 14]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2019 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK470173/
- Research findings: exercise for ankylosing spondylitis. Frontline 2 January 2019. https://www.csp.org.uk/frontline/article/research-findings-exercise-ankylosing-spondylitis. Accessed 17 Dec 2019