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Supports, aids and gadgets for ankylosing spondylitis (AS)

If ankylosing spondylitis (AS) causes difficulty with everyday tasks or your work, an occupational therapist (OT) should be able to help. They can advise on useful gadgets that may help you or explain how to adapt your technique in order to reduce strain and pain. They often work closely with Disability Employment Advisors from the Jobcentre Plus team to suggest equipment to help you at work, for example a special chair.

Corsets and braces aren't generally recommended as they can make AS worse. It’s better to strengthen your own muscles to maintain a good posture. Very occasionally some form of support may be necessary, for example after a back injury, If you think this might help you, you should discuss this with your doctor or a physiotherapist who's experienced in treating ankylosing spondylitis.

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