This App gives a useful overview of ankylosing spondylitis, which is an inflammatory condition of the spine and joints. The information covers a description of the condition, insight into what is thought to be the cause, common symptoms, how it presents, what information and tests are needed to make the diagnosis, and which treatments are available, giving patients an idea of what can be expected.
The format is that of a lecture with bullet points and a southern hemisphere recorded voice so that a user could just listen rather than look at the screen if they wish. The information is broken down nicely into sections which can be played individually so that users can select bits of interest and return to the other parts later when needed.
A key feature is a section showing which exercise to perform, with voice overplay and detailed visual description of how to do these exercises correctly, although this should not be seen as a substitute for proper instruction given by a trained physiotherapist. It is well known that regular mobilisation exercises are important to reduce pain and stiffness caused by this condition, so having access to a list of exercises will be helpful.
Most of the information about ankylosing spondylitis on this App is available online from numerous sites but this App gives the information in a concise form with the option of reading or listening to the information. The section showing how to perform recommended exercises correctly is very useful for those patients who need a quick reminder.
I would recommend this free App to my patients.
App rating 4/5
Dr Alasdair Wright