May is Spondyloarthritis (SpA) Awareness Month!

This year, the Spondylitis Association of America (SAA) and its international partners will be celebrating SpA Awareness Month in May. To learn more about SpA Awareness Month and how you can support it, click on the button below!

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Welcome to the Spondylitis Community

Spondy What?

Spondyloarthritis affects more people than Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and Rheumatoid Arthritis, yet it remains relatively unknown.

ALS (30,000)
MS (400,000)
Rheumatoid Arthritis (1.3million)
Spondyloarthritis (2.7million)


Our Mission

To be a leader in the quest to cure ankylosing spondylitis and related diseases, and to empower those affected to live their lives to the fullest.

Could I Have

Think your pain may be caused by spondylitis? Watch our new awareness video and take the quiz!

Why Join the Community?

Connect with others because no one should have to face spondylitis alone.

Patient Resources
& Support

The most comprehensive library of spondylitis information and educational materials.

Learn About Spondylitis

Spondylitis is a relatively unknown disease, but it affects 1 in 100 Americans.

How Can I Help?

There are many ways to get involved in the community. Which one’s right for you?

Locate a Rheumatologist

Use our state-by-state list of patient recommended and board certified rheumatologists.

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Recent News

Latest Updates

SAA’s Helpful Hints: Community Wisdom – Perspectives Gained Through Battling Spondyloarthritis

Posted May 2019

Helpful Hints is a recurring feature, aimed at sharing our community’s knowledge and experiences. Living with spondyloarthritis can be difficult and challenging at times, however, throughout the process we can learn a lot about ourselves, our surroundings, and life in general. In this installment, we asked our online community, “If you have learned anything special about life or human nature as a result of spondyloarthritis, what is it?”

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This AS Life Live!

Posted March 2018

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How Spondyloarthritis Affects Quality Of Life

Posted April 2019

There are many ways to assess the severity of spondyloarthritis. But arguably the most important information is how you as the patient perceive the illness. How does it affect your day-to-day life such as your work, your relationship to your family, your major life decisions? A director wants to make a movie that will please audiences; a physician wants to make a recommendation, or prescribe medication that will make a difference to a patient and their lifestyle. Finding out what is meaningful to our patients is the first step towards that goal.

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We offer a wide variety of resources for members of the spondylitis community, physicians and others who are interested in learning more about spondylitis.

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Spondylitis Association of America

16360 Roscoe Blvd.  Ste. 100
Van Nuys, CA 91406


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