Treatment Rheumatology

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis usually is treated with:

  • Pain or anti-inflammatory medications
  • Antirheumatic drugs
  • Exercise
  • Physical therapy

Our experts are currently working with new medications that inhibit immune-system cells, called cytokines, which appear to cause some of the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis.

Joint replacement surgery, most commonly of the hips and shoulders, may be an option for severely affected patients. In addition, spinal reconstruction and internal bracing may be necessary to treat severe spine deformities associated with ankylosing spondylitis.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.

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