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Driving Excellence in the Physiotherapy management
of Axial Spondyloarthritis

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Driving Excellence in the Physiotherapy management
of Axial Spondyloarthritis

Learn More About Axial Spondyloarthritis

Driving Excellence in the Physiotherapy management
of Axial Spondyloarthritis

Learn More About Axial Spondyloarthritis

Driving Excellence in the Physiotherapy management
of Axial Spondyloarthritis

Learn More About Axial Spondyloarthritis

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AStretch started, 2001, in response to a growing appetite amongst health professionals for knowledge regarding Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS).

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Susimala Gaikwad

Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Rheumatology, Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby.

Juliette O' Hea

Physiotherapist; Arthritis First

 

Dr Jane Martindale

Extended Scope Physiotherapist / Therapy Research Lead, Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

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Pregnancy and AS

This question came from a committee member regarding a patient with AS, who is in her first pregnancy and has been told by her obstetrics team that she is most likely to to need a C-section due to sacroiliac fusion She also has hypermobility with a reported Beighton's Score of 9/9.

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To brace or not to brace – that is the question

The Physio emailed in saying that she had a patient who had ‘end stage’ AS. He is very debilitated with a marked stoop and has a heavy, dropping head. The physio had given him a soft neck collar to help when driving and a soft body brace.

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Recently diagnosed with AS

I have a patient who has recently been diagnosed with AS. His chest expansion is pretty poor and he complains of tightness across the chest, in-keeping with AS symptoms. I have performed basic lung function testing this afternoon using a spirometer and the results were expectedly low. I was wondering if...

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Why Tai Chi in Axial Spondyloarthritis?
by Sue

I have been teaching Tai Chi to this patient group for more than fifteen years; the thing that strikes me is how much they enjoy it...

Singing
by Juliette

I have always enjoyed singing. At school we made records (we are talking about the 70s), sang in concerts and managed to get on Songs...

The power of the Voice
by Jan

Having been diagnosed with a Chronic life changing condition is not an easy thing to accept.


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AStretch is a not for profit organisation; our main aim is to provide a co-ordinated approach to the planning and delivery of education and best practice. Also to support physiotherapists working with people who have Axial Spondyloarthritis (AxSpA) and Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS).

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