Physiotherapy is an important part of managing ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Combined with a proper exercise program, physiotherapy can help maintain physical function.

Your physical therapist can teach you how to do exercises safely and effectively to prevent further injury.

  • Your physical therapist may recommend range-of-motion exercises to help keep joints moving and reduce stiffness.
  • Strengthening exercises help increase or maintain your back muscles' strength and help keep your posture upright.
  • To help with chest expansion, you may perform breathing exercises.
  • Try low-impact sports such as swimming, cycling, and walking to help improve posture, flexibility, and overall fitness.
  • Avoid contact sports, such as hockey or football, and activities where you may fall, as people with AS have a higher risk of fracturing their spine.