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Matthew Somma



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Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a form of arthritis characterized by chronic inflammation of the axial skeletal system that causes back pain and loss of mobility with strong potential for slow, eventual spinal fusion. It affects 0.2-0.5% of the United States population and has no known cure, yet greater than 60 genetic components are involved. HLA-B27 is a genetic component highly correlated with AS. Its presence creates inflammatory response at bony attachment sites of tendons, ligaments, and joint capsules.Presentation can vary widely and may include intermittent and/or significant back pain and stiffness across multiple body segments for long periods of time, peripheral joint involvement, and chronic inflammatory-related comorbidities. The purpose of this case report is to describe a comprehensive approach for physical therapy (PT) management of AS to assist clinical decision reasoning and clinical decision making and enhance care management in this patient population.

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The case report paper for this poster can be found here:


Physical Therapy Management Of Low Back Pain In A Young Female With Ankylosing Spondylitis Associated With HLA-B27 Antigen: A Case Report



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