Last updated:21st December 2016

Health Professional Resources

Health Professional Resources

We recommend physiotherapists with an interest in ankylosing spondylitis contact AStretch. This is a group of physiotherapists from around the UK who meet to improve the understanding of AS.

If you are a nurse, physiotherapist or occupational therapist working in AS you may be interested in the UK Rheumatology Nurses and Practitioners Society.

Physiotherapist guides to axial spondyloarthritis

A series of guides aimed at physiotherapists working with axial spondyloarthritis.

You can download all 4 guides. 

  1. Differentiating inflammatory and mechanical back pain
  2. What is axial spondyloarthritis? How does it apply to physiotherapists?
  3. Assessing the signs, symptoms and clinical manifestations of axial SpA 
  4. The treatment of axial spondylorthritis

Physio Matters Podcast

The Physio Matters Podcast session 26 was sponsored by NASS and features physiotherapist Jack March interviewing Dr Karl Gaffney (Consultant Rheumatologist, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and NASS Trustee) talking ankylosing spondylitis (axial spondyloarthritis) (AS).

Bath Indices

Freshly updated for 2016 by AStretch, you can download your copy of the Bath Indices. Alternatively email Laura Garbari with your order request (UK only) including your address and the number of copies you require.

You can also watch Standardising the Bath AS Metrology Index (BASMI): a DVD guide to carrying out these measurements accurately.  

Produced by Liz van Rossen MCSP, Extended Scope Practitioner in Rheumatology Physiotherapy, East Kent Hospital University Trust.


CD-ROM which includes all the resources to run a successful Back Pain Seminar in your area. The Seminar aims to improve understanding of inflammatory vs. mechanical back pain in primary care and increase appropriate referrals to rheumatology.

You can call the NASS office on 0208 741 1515 for a copy.