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What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?

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Post: 2007-03-01

At first, sufferers of Ankylosing Spondylitis often feel that when they get out of bed, their bodies have a stiff feeling and that their movements are restricted, and will gradually have a sore waist and back pain, while feeling a little better after getting some stretching and exercise. More severe cases affect respiratory functions and cause chest tightness. It's mainly because of inflammation of the spinal tendons and ligaments that gradually progress to calcification in the parts of the ligaments connecting the spinal joints. Most Ankylosing Spondylitis patients have chronic inflammation, and it's best if the inflamed joints do not stay in one position for long periods of time. The situation can improve with an appropriate physiotherapy plan and continuous movement. Appropriate use of posture support can help reduce pain in sports and help muscle function.