Ankylosing Spondylitis: 6 Tips to Improve Your Posture, From Morning to Night
Good posture can help anyone avoid back pain and discomfort, but for people with ankylosing spondylitis, it can help sidestep a vicious cycle of pain and aggravated symptoms.
Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that causes inflammation of the vertebrae, which can lead to severe chronic pain. As the condition progresses, long-term inflammation can create new pieces of bone to form on the spine, which can cause the vertebrae of the spine to fuse together. This can lead to kyphosis, a type of spinal curvature that results in a forward-hunching posture.
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the “signature” and often first symptom of ankylosing spondylitis is pain in the sacroiliac joints, located at the base of the spine where it joins with the pelvis.