The goals of AS treatment are to relieve pain and stiffness, to maintain mobility and function of the spine and other affected joints, and to maximize quality of life. For some people, treatment may even slow down the progression of AS. Treatment plans often encompass a combination of exercise programs, physical therapy, joint protection, rest or relaxation, diet, emotional support, and medications.

Medications available for the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) include:

Your doctor can help you choose a treatment option that's appropriate for you.

Early diagnosis and treatment of AS helps minimize pain and delay loss of joint function and mobility. Some medications, such as biologics, help slow down joint damage. Other medications, such as corticosteroids, NSAIDs, and other pain relievers help relieve and manage the symptoms of AS.

There is no cure for AS. But with the proper treatment plan, you can manage your condition and live life on your own terms. Work with your doctor to develop a targeted approach to treatment that is appropriate for you.