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11 Ways to Ease Pain with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Manage the pain of ankylosing spondylitis symptoms.

Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory condition where the joints and ligaments surrounding your spine become inflamed and stiff. In advanced cases, the vertebrae of the spine may fuse together, leaving your spine rigid and inflexible. Other joints, such as the shoulders and hips, may also be affected. Stiffness and back pain can make living with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) difficult at times. However, you can ease the pain of ankylosing spondylitis by trying a few of these tips.

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