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Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2002 Sep;16(4):653-66.

Spa and exercise treatment in ankylosing spondylitis: fact or fancy?

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Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, University Hospital Maastricht, PO Box 5800, 6202, AZ, Maastricht, The Netherlands.


Physical therapy plays an important role in the overall treatment of ankylosing spondylitis. Apart from exercising at home, patients are advised to follow weekly group physical therapy. In addition, many patients often follow annual courses of in-patient physiotherapy or spa therapy in which exercises also play a central role. This chapter focuses on evidence for benefits of physical therapy and spa therapy in ankylosing spondylitis.

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