When you have ankylosing spondylitis (AS), one of the most notable issues is pain—either the sharp, stabbing type when you move certain ways, or an ongoing dull ache that comes from stiffness and inflammation. Some people have both. While stretching and movement may not eliminate your pain completely, they’re part of a larger strategy that could reduce pain levels overall.

Here, physical therapists share their insights on what you can do to dial down the hurt, reduce early morning muscle stiffness, and feel more comfortable overall.

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