n International SportMed Journal - The role of exercise in the rehabilitation of ankylosing spondylitis




There is no cure for ankylosing spondylitis (AS). In addition, there is uncertainty as to whether the long-term course of the disease can be altered, but despite this, most patients can be adequately managed. The treatment of AS has changed dramatically over the last few years. The cornerstone of medical management is therapeutic exercise, with the primary objective of maintaining normal posture and activity. Many kinds of physical therapy can be considered for patients with AS : supervised individual therapy, unsupervised self-administered individual exercise, and supervised group therapy. A highly motivated physician and biokineticist or exercise therapist are essential for adherence to an exercise program. In the end, however, the responsibility for exercising regularly must rest with the patient.


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