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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.

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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?

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

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Latest Updates

SAA’s Helpful Hints: Community Wisdom – Keeping Active with Spondyloarthritis

Posted October 2019

Helpful Hints is a recurring feature aimed at sharing our community’s knowledge and experiences. Exercise has many benefits for those with spondyloarthritis, but different activities work better for different people. In this installment, we asked our online community, “What exercise works best for you?”

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What Is Non-Radiographic Axial Spondyloarthritis?

Posted September 2019

“Non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis” is a mouthful. It is difficult to say, and even more difficult to understand for many. Its abbreviation, “nr-axSpA,” does not roll off the tongue easily either. As it turns out, even some rheumatologists are confused about this terminology since the name literally means that it is axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) with “normal x-rays,” though that is not accurate. The term also does not clarify x-rays of what? Sacroiliac joints? Spine? Does radiographic mean x-rays or maybe CT scans? Read more…
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