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If you have the inflammatory disease ankylosing spondylitis, you may be wondering what treatment options are available and whether anything you can do can improve your condition. While there is no cure for ankylosing spondylitis, treatments can minimize symptoms and even slow the progression of the disease. Always talk to your doctor about new treatments and exercise programs to be sure they won't conflict with your current treatment regimen.

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1. What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease that causes pain in the lower back and hips. Over time, ankylosing spondylitis can lead to fusing of the vertebra in the lower back. It can also affect the rib cage, causing the ribs to fuse together and making it harder to breathe. Doctors have not found a cause for ankylosing spondylitis, but it may have a genetic component.

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