Ankylosing spondylitis: integrated clinical and physiological perspectives.

  title={Ankylosing spondylitis: integrated clinical and physiological perspectives.},
  author={Alfonse T. Masi and E Geoffrey Walsh},
  journal={Clinical and experimental rheumatology},
  volume={21 1},
This hypothesis paper draws upon clinical epidemiological and physiological perspectives of axial muscle tone relevant to ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Skeletal muscle tonus is the property of intrinsic tension or resistance to stretch with no additional muscle contraction. The interpretations call attention to novel concepts of the intrinsic axial muscular system contributions to enthesopathic lesions in AS. The axial kinematic chain extends from the entire spine to the posterior aspects of the… CONTINUE READING
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