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People affected by the inflammatory joint disease ankylosing spondylitis (AS) can learn more about living well with the condition at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital this month.

Rheumatology doctors, physiotherapists and nurse specialists will talk about the condition’s symptoms and treatment – including practical tips on exercises and sources of support and advice. Representatives from the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) will discuss the support available for AS/axial spondyloarthropathy patients.

Everyone will have the chance to ask questions during the event, which takes place from 2.30pm on 18 March (Ankylosing spondylitis Day) in the hospital’s postgraduate centre.

Dr Arslan Sidhu, a specialist registrar in rheumatology, said: “We wanted to do something practical for Ankylosing spondylitis Day by giving patients and carers access to hospital staff and NASS who have lots of information and expertise.

“Most people don’t know about AS – until they or someone in their family is diagnosed. The session will give anyone touched by AS a chance to meet others affected by the condition and to learn more about it – and how they can continue to live fulfilling lives.”

AS is a chronic inflammatory condition which mainly affects the joints. It can also affect other body parts including the eyes, skin and the bowel. It often starts in adolescence or early adulthood and is twice as common in men as it is in women.

Treatment usually involves a combination of exercises and medication.

You can confirm your place at the event by calling 01268 524900 Ext 8359 or Ext 3397

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