11 Tips for Managing Ankylosing Spondylitis

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Medication plays an important role in treating ankylosing spondylitis (AS). But your treatment plan should also include everyday measures that make your life easier—and, in some cases, prevent your disease from progressing. Try these tips to keep your condition under control.

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