Delve into the world of rheumatology and learn about the different types of spondyloarthropathies
Spondyloarthropathy is an umbrella term for a group of inflammatory conditions that are progressive and painful. These conditions affect the axial and peripheral skeletons, tendons and ligaments, as well as other organs such as the skin, gut and eyes. Spondyloarthropathies tend to affect younger people, usually developing before the age of 45. Because they have such wide-ranging effects, it is important to be able to distinguish these inflammatory conditions from each other and from other types of low back pain.
Unfortunately because they are difficult to distinguish diagnosis and treatment is often delayed resulting in poorer prognosis and outcomes for patients which could easily have been prevented.
Learn with Expert Chris Martey
Chris works as a Musculoskeletal First Contact Physiotherapist (FCP) in General Practice (GP) Surgeries in the South West of England and has a passion for health advocacy. He sits on the Board of Trustees for the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) and has a specialist interest in the medical specialty of Rheumatology, particularly the adult inflammatory condition of Spondyloarthritis.
Chris has presented nationally on the topic of Spondyloarthritis, is published in this field, and is an Executive Committee member on the British Society for Spondyloarthritis (BRITSpA). He is an expert in this field and Physioplus members can access his courses to help get improve timeliness to diagnosis and treament for these patients.