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Physical functioning and work ability 

Physical functioning and work ability
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Physical functioning and work ability
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Michael M. Ward

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10.1093/med/9780198734444.003.0026
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date: 22 September 2020

Similar to most musculoskeletal diseases, ankylosing spondylitis (AS) has the potential to impact physical functioning and work ability. Physical functioning refers to the ability to move to accomplish a task, and includes activities such as self-care, mobility, and doing chores. Physical functioning provides the foundation for the ability to work. Both physical functioning and work ability can be impacted by specific aspects of AS, as well as by barriers in the environment. Although patients with AS tend to have fewer functional limitations than patients with other rheumatic diseases, most patients are affected to some degree on occasion, and some patients can be profoundly and persistently affected.

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