ISSN 1308-8734 | E-ISSN 1308-8742
Ankylosing Spondylitis and Balance
1 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mut State Hospital, Mersin, Turkey  
2 Department of Rheumatology, Health Sciences University, Antalya Training and Research Hospital, Antalya, Turkey  
Eurasian J Med 2017; 49: 207-210
DOI: 10.5152/eurasianjmed.2017.17116
Key Words: Ankylosing spondylitis, balance, posture

Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory disease that mainly affects axial joints and the changes in the vertebrae cause typical kyphotic posture. In patients with ankylosing spondylitis, the postural changes, including cervical flexion, decreased lumbar lordosis, posterior rotation of pelvis, hip extension, knee flexion, and plantar flexion of ankle along with kyphosis, may occur in the upcoming terms of the disease and may negatively affect balance. Joint and eye involvements; muscular, vestibular and proprioceptional changes can also affect balance. This review evaluates the ankylosing spondylitis-equilibrium relationship together with posture and other parameters of balance.


Cite this article as: Uckun A, Sezer I. Ankylosing Spondylitis and Balance. Eurasian J Med 2017; 49: 207-10.

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