What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?
If you have ankylosing spondylitis, we recommend you see your doctor regularly. You should also ensure you are doing your part to manage the condition, including taking your medications as prescribed, exercising regularly, and avoiding activities that may worsen your symptoms.
Ankylosing Spondylitis Symptoms
Like many chronic conditions, the severity of ankylosing spondylitis can range from mild to severe. Symptoms may include:
- stiffness (especially in the lower back and hips)
- weight loss
- poor posture
- eye inflammation
- compression fractures
- heart problems
There is not currently a cure for ankylosing spondylitis, but there are treatments that can help relieve symptoms to improve your quality of life. Ankylosing Spondylitis infusion therapy can help improve symptoms and slow the progression of the disease.
Diagnosing Ankylosing Spondylitis
If you think you may have ankylosing spondylitis, make an appointment to see your doctor. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent the condition from getting worse. With proper treatment, ankylosing spondylitis does not have to be a debilitating condition.
Ankylosing spondylitis treatment options often include medication to reduce pain and inflammation, infusion therapy, physical therapy, and exercise. Surgery may be recommended in some rare cases.
Ankylosing Spondylitis Infusion Therapy
Doctors often prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as a first step in treating ankylosing spondylitis. These medications can help relieve inflammation, pain, and stiffness. However, they may not be effective enough to alleviate symptoms for all patients. In these cases, your doctor may recommend ankylosing spondylitis infusion therapy.
Common medications prescribed for infusion therapy to treat ankylosing spondylitis include:
- Simponi Aria (golimumab)
- Remicade (infliximab)
- Cimzia (certolizumab pegol)
If your doctor prescribes ankylosing spondylitis infusion therapy to treat your symptoms, our experienced, compassionate team can provide you with comfortable, convenient infusion therapy services.