The effects of comprehensive home physiotherapy and supervision on patients with ankylosing spondylitis--a randomized controlled trial

J Rheumatol. 1990 Feb;17(2):228-33.


Fifty-three patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) were randomly allocated; 26 experimental patients received physiotherapy and disease education, 27 control patients received neither. The primary treatment outcome was change in spinal mobility measured at 4 months by fingertip-to-floor distance. Experimental patients had more improvement in fingertip-to-floor distance (p2 less than 0.004) and in function (p2 less than 0.001) than control patients. Physiotherapy with disease education is effective in the treatment of patients with AS.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Movement
  • Muscles / physiology
  • Patient Compliance
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Physical Therapy Modalities*
  • Posture
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Self Care*
  • Spine / physiopathology
  • Spondylitis, Ankylosing / physiopathology
  • Spondylitis, Ankylosing / rehabilitation*