Updated on October 20, 2020
Spondyloarthritis is an inflammatory arthritis affecting the spine. There is a strong family history associated with the HLA B-27 gene where the condition is called Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). If untreated, the spine will be permanently stiff with limited mobility resulting in a fixed hunched posture.
Regular Gentle Exercises
Patients should get physical therapy and perform joint directed exercises to promote spinal extension and mobility. Treatment with medication is only required when there is active disease. As is condition for life and will affect you differently at different times. The fitter and more flexible you are, the better able you will be to deal with your neck and back symptoms.
Please discuss with your doctor or physiotherapy before your start on your exercise regime.
Click to view DrJo video on AS Neck Stretch Exercises
The aim of these exercises is to
- Improve your range of movement and mobility
- Have better posture control
- Maintain muscle strength
- Increase your lung capacity and breathe easier
- Reduce the feeling of fatigue
- Develop better sleep quality
Click to view DrJo video on AS Back Stretch Exercises
Remember to keep your follow-up appointments and do your blood tests regularly to help keep your disease in remission
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