FUNCTIONAL RESTORATION OF ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS PATIENTS USING DOCUMENTATION BASED CARE TREATMENT CONCEPT-PRELIMINARY RESULTS
Objective: Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic, inflammatory rheumatic disease that causes arthritis of the spine and the sacroiliac joint thus affecting the mobility of the spine. The aim of this study was to evaluate effect of documentation based care program on range of motion and isometric muscular strength of the lumbar muscles during flexion, extension, rotation and lateral flexion in a group of patients with ankylosing spondylitis. 9 Material and Method: Three patients with ankylosing spondylitis attending to functional restoration program using DBC were included in the study. Measuring and training units (DBC International, Vantaa, Finland) are used to measure the maximum isometric strength of the trunk muscles and mobility during flexion-extension, rotation and lateral flexion of the lumbar spine. 9 Results: In patients with ankylosing spondylitis, functional restoration led to significant increase of motion in all planes. Increase of strength was noted during lumbar flexion, extension, rotation and lateral flexion. Conclusion: The efficiency of using DBC functional restoration program in terms of gain in range of motion and strength has been demonstrated on ankylosing patients.