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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

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Welcome

AStretch was formed in 2001, in response to a growing appetite amongst health professionals for knowledge regarding Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS, and now SpA).

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Latest AStretch team blog posts

Websites, Apps and Videos
by Claire H

...so I thought there are probably other physios out there who may not be checking their phones every 12 minutes and so may not realise there are in fact quite a number of apps and great websites etc that are specifically developed for AS / AxSpA patients that we could be recommending to our patients, to help them self-manage their condition long term

Supporting the Supporters
by Claire J 

The fact that patients spend only 3 hours a year with health care professionals and then have to “self-mange” for the remaining 8757 hours of the year is a great reminder of how our input can be invaluable to help support patients to live a happy life with their condition...

Sleep and AS: do we consider the implications of the quality of sleep on our patients?
by Jane

Alas we have no science to ensure that people sleep better.  The best I have is to advise on ‘sleep hygiene’ which is a term that I confess I squirm when saying. Poor sleep is blamed for increasing fatigue and generally lowering our mood and resilience in coping with life in general.  A very recently published study on sleep in AS authored by Alison Wadeley (Clinical Rheumatology (2018) 37:1045-1052) is the first of it’s kind in the UK and is well worth a read...

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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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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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