What Everyone With Ankylosing Spondylitis Should Know About Fractures

Everyday Health—November 1, 2016

Reporter Denise Mann writes on what people with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) should know about fractures. If you have AS, you may have a higher risk for spinal fractures.

"With ankylosing spondylitis, new bony spurs form and cause the vertebrae to fuse together, robbing your spine of mobility and leaving it vulnerable to fractures," says Susan Goodman, MD, rheumatologist with the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Optimizing bone health is important to prevent fractures. "Getting adequate calcium and vitamin D and engaging in regular weight-bearing exercise can all help to preserve bone strength and integrity," added Dr. Goodman.

Read the full article at EverydayHealth.com.

 

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