Is Any Exercise Safe for Ankylosing Spondylitis?

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Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis that mainly affects the spine, although it can also affect other joints. This condition can cause severe chronic pain and become debilitating. Mild cases usually involve inflammation of your vertebrae. However, AS can also lead to ankylosis, which involves the growth of osteophytes — small bony formations — in your spine. This new growth can limit mobility.

AS may spread to different joints, causing further loss of mobility, and may even affect your heart and lungs. Because this condition can impact their health in so many different ways, people with AS may wonder if exercising is safe — especially because they don’t want to cause more inflammation or trigger ankylosis. Learn more about ankylosing spondylitis and what exercises may be safe if you have this condition, keeping in mind you should always talk to your doctor first before trying new movements.