Effect of spa therapy in Tiberias on patients with ankylosing spondylitis

Clin Rheumatol. 1995 Jan;14(1):21-5. doi: 10.1007/BF02208080.


Fourteen patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) were treated in a pilot study for two weeks at a Tiberias spa with a combination of hot mineral water baths and mud packs. A significant improvement was noticed in morning stiffness, finger to floor distance and the overall well-being assessment both by the patient and the physician. A significant reduction in the use of analgesics and NSAIDs was also noted in most of the patients. Improvement in all parameters began after one week of treatment and was still present at three months.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / therapeutic use
  • Balneology*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Israel
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mud Therapy
  • Pilot Projects
  • Spondylitis, Ankylosing / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal