7 Driving Tips for Ankylosing Spondylitis


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Driving a car if you have ankylosing spondylitis (AS) can present a number of potential challenges. From getting in and out of cars, to turning your head and body to check for other cars while on the road, to sitting for long periods of time, there’s a good chance that some part of the process may cause anxiety or discomfort. And, as a study from 2022 reported, driving challenges for people with AS can affect their overall productivity, especially at work.

But for all the potential pitfalls of driving, there are a number of steps you can take to make the process easier when you have ankylosing spondylitis. Indeed, with some adjustments, most people with AS can continue to drive, notes the National Axial Spondyloarthritis Society.

Try these tips the next time you get behind the wheel to ensure a safer, more comfortable, and more enjoyable trip.

1. Use Good Technique for Entering and Exiting the Vehicle.

Getting in and out of your car is often difficult for people with AS, especially if your car is lower to the ground, says Tara Perry, OTD, an occupational therapist at Keck Hospital of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.


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