Ankylosing spondylitis society in Denmark

Foreningen for Rygsøjlegigt og Morbus Bechterew

Phone (+45) 2815 3828



v/Jens Tryde
Primulavej15, DK-7000 Fredericia, Denmark


General Informationen

Founded in 1973 by Hans Henrik Olrik: World's oldest national AS self-help society
1133 paying members, including 95 % AS sufferers 
Local branches
9 local branches with regular exercises.
8 AS sufferers in the DK main board (similar boards exist for all local branches)
Office staff One part-time employed secretary, (as of May 1, 2014):  Linda Petersen, phone (+45) 30 29 92 65, email: 
Important per-sons running the society
Landsformand (chairman): Jens Tryde, (+45) 28 15 38 28, 
Delegate to ASIF Council
Willy J. Fick, B. S. Ingemanns Vej 8, 6400 Soenderborg  (+45) 61 78 68 84, 
Medical advisor
Oliver Hendricks, consultant rheumatologist, ph.d. (email: ), King Christian X’s Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Nygade 29, DK-6300 Gråsten,  (+45) 7365 4000, Fax (+45) 7365 4090.       Mail:    
Newsletter Editor Editorial board
«Magasinet om Rygsøjlegigt» (AS magazine) (4/year)
Jens Tryde, Primulavej 15, DK-7000 Fredericia,,  (+45) 28 15 38 28,  
Dr. Oliver Hendricks, Henrik Møller, Claus-Ebbe Junker, Stig Winther Nielsen, Linda Petersen.
Articles recommended for translation
  • Jan Andreasen: New international criteria for fast treatment of SpA (spondyloarthritis) patients (articles in the Danish AS magazine, MB bladet, no. 1, 2014, 21-24.
  • Jens Ole Rasmussen: Clinical Guideline for physical therapy for patients with AS and Spondyloarthritis (SpA) - focus on AS. The guideline is written in Danish, see (Patient associations for axial spondyloarthritis (SpA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in other countries are allowed to translate the clinical guidelines to their own language. The Danish AS society disclaims any responsibility for the content of a translated text of the clinical guideline).
Further publications
  • «Bilkørsel og Bechterew»(Car Driving with Ankylosing Spondylitis)
  • Personal Morbus Bechterew / AS identification card provided with a picture in profile.
  • New folders on ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and spondyloarthritis (SpA) released by the Danish AS society, see
Most important events in past and coming year
May 2016: Annual meeting in West Jutland (Ringkoebing)
May 2017: Annual meeting on Sjaelland (Copenhagen)
Financial sources
100 % from membership fees, donations, and advertising.
Membership fees Fee to the local branch approximately 175 TO 225 Danish kroner per year (≈ 25 to 30 €)

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Updated: June 2017