By Patrick Doherty, MD, as told to Kara Mayer Robinson 

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a condition that has a big impact on your spine. It literally means stiffening of the spine. You may have pain associated with the stiffness, often in your sacro-iliac joints, which are the joints between your spine and your pelvis bone. 

AS generally progresses slowly, and managing symptoms is the main goal of treatment. The ideal is to maintain your mobility and reasonably control your pain control over time.

Your doctor may choose different treatments based on your pain, range of motion, and side effects. Over time, your first-line…

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