I remember when I first had to attend physical therapy as part of my early AS treatment, and the therapist was totally ignorant about AS. He suggested that I wear a brace, but I had already read that a brace was a poor choice for AS, as the back muscles would eventually weaken from it and allow for more curvature.

I got to wondering, what are other things or practices should be avoided for AS and why? Maybe we should leave diet out of this topic for now.


AS symptoms started 1991. Official dx in 2006 with HLA-B27+, fused SIJ, bone spurs in back, extreme rib/hip pain, and other family with SpA. Started Enbrel in 2006 with good results, but stopped in 2010 due to nerve damage (MS) from it. Getting good results with no-starch diet since 2011.