Richa Dhawan MD


Posture in Advanced Ankylosing Spondylitis

As severe ankylosing spondylitis advances: The head moves forward and the neck becomes stiff. The upper back curves forward (kyphosis). The normal curve in the low back flattens. The hips may become stiff and not straighten completely. People often keep their knees bent a little to make up for the changed curves in…

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of joint inflammation (arthritis) that is long-lasting (chronic) and most often affects the spine. Ankylosing spondylitis commonly causes pain and stiffness, with swelling and limited motion in the low back, middle back, neck, hips, chest wall, and heels. Over time, joints in the spine…

Flexibility and strengthening exercises for ankylosing spondylitis

Exercises for ankylosing spondylitis should be gentle and frequent. The exercises shown here are good to do twice each day. Don’t do them first thing in the morning, when you may feel more stiff. In the morning, take a walk to get loosened up for the day. Then try doing these exercises around lunch time and in the…

Spondyloarthropathies

Covers causes and symptoms of spondyloarthropathies, a family of long-term (chronic) diseases of joints. Looks at specific symptoms of each type. Discusses treatment with mild exercise, over-the-counter medicines, and other options.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of joint inflammation (arthritis) that is long-lasting (chronic) and most often affects the spine. Ankylosing spondylitis commonly causes pain and stiffness, with swelling and limited motion in the low back, middle back, neck, hips, chest wall, and heels. Ankylosing spondylitis is a…