Ankylosing Spondylitis & Psoriatic Arthritis 2004 (cont.)
Dr. Shiel's Perspective: Another fine addition to the ammunition chest against psoriatic arthritis.
Researchers reported clear data that ankylosing spondylitis clearly affects the quality of life of those who suffer from it.
Dr. Shiel's Perspective: This seems silly doesn't it? Would there be any question that a disease that causes pain, stiffness, and limitation of motion of the spine and joints not only could, but would affect the quality of life of the individual affected? But the importance of the study is to document the overall impact of this condition on function of those who suffer from it. Parameters that these researchers measured included role limitations due to physical and emotional problems, body pain, social functioning, physical functioning, general health perceptions, vitality, and mental health. This study will prove important in justifying appropriate, aggressive management of ankylosing spondylitis.
Last Editorial Review: 2/1/2005