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spineuniverse.com May 26, 2010
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Patients' Guide to Healthy Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Healthy Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Patients' Guide to Healthy Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

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SpineUniverse recently launched a Patients' Guide to Healthy Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Learn the best foods to eat when you have RA and pick up some stress management tips. You can even watch a slideshow that features great exercises and stretches picked specifically for people with RA.

Living with rheumatoid arthritis can be tough—but our Patients' Guide to Healthy Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis can make some of the day-to-day challenges easier.
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Exercises for Ankylosing Spondylitis
Low-impact Activities for Back Pain Relief
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Question:
What exercises and stretches do you recommend for patients with ankylosing spondylitis?

—Coeur d'Alene, ID

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Answer:
Before I explain some beneficial exercises and activities, I'll briefly describe ankylosing spondylitis (AS) for our readers who aren't familiar with this disease.
Simply put, ankylosing spondylitis is a form of inflammatory arthritis that affects the spine. Patients usually report stiffness and discomfort that can progress from the low back region up toward the neck and ribcage. The pain and stiffness with ankylosing spondylitis varies from patient to patient, so some people are more affected than others.

Before starting any exercise program, I strongly urge people with AS to…

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Carol P. Dionne, PT
This Week's Expert
Carol P. Dionne, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, Cert MDT
Assistant Professor, Dept. Rehabilitative Sciences
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City, OK
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