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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 1994;18(2):22.
A Follow up Study on Patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis
Jae Ho Moon, M.D., Hyae Jung Su, M.D., Sung Koo Chang, M.D. , Mi Ryeong Jin, M.D.
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine
강직성 척추염 환자에 대한 추적 관찰
문재호, 서혜정, 장성구, 진미령
연세대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실

Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory disease which most frequently affects the sacroiliac joints of young men, and also the synovial joints of the whole spine. Bony fusion of these joints and ossification along the longitudinal ligaments lead to total immobility of the vertebrae resulting limitation of motion and respiratory insufficiency. We assessed the effects of rehabilitation management in ankylosing spondylitis. Thirty three patients treated at Young-dong Severance Hospital from October, 1984, to July, 1993 were analysed clinically.

The lower the spinal level, the more restricted spinal mobility was found. And there were significant improvements in finger to floor distance, occiput to wall distance, Schober index, chest expansion and vital capacity by comprehensive rehabilitative management.

According to the above results, we concluded that intensive rehabilitative management including patient education was very helpful in increasing spinal flexibility and therefore preventing further disability in patients with ankylosing spondylitis.

Key Words: Ankylosing spondylitis, Rehabilitative management, Spinal mobility


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