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If I’m diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, is there anything I can do to manage my symptoms?
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Get enough sleep and eat a healthy diet. This may help minimize fatigue that can occur with AS.

Eat a healthy diet. Eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce inflammation.

Stretch. Stretching may help increase your range of motion and can improve your posture.

Exercise. Exercise is considered helpful for managing AS symptoms. Exercises can be done on land or in water, but supervised physical therapy is considered to be the most effective. Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise routine or program.

Avoid high-impact and contact sports. These include activities and sports such as hockey, football, wrestling, basketball, karate, step aerobics, tennis, and squash.

Ask your health care team about canes, walkers, and other devices. There are a number of aids available to make functioning easier and more comfortable.

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