SAA's New Exercise Program, Back in Action, Again, Gets People Impacted by the Disease Moving Again

By Spondylitis Association of America

Thursday, June 27, 2019




Jason Blackwell
Director, Brand Experience & Public Affairs
Spondylitis Association of America


The Spondylitis Association of America’s New Exercise Program, Back in Action, Again, Gets People Impacted by the Disease Moving Again

Exercise is an integral component of an effective treatment plan for spondyloarthritis, a chronic and painful group of closely related rheumatic diseases that primarily affect the spine (spondylo) and other joints. Beyond helping spondyloarthritis patients maintain good posture and balance, exercise has been shown to help reduce overall pain. SAA believes so strongly in the importance of exercise that we are launching a new Exercise program, Back in Action, Again as part of our ongoing commitment to helping people impacted by the disease to live their lives to the fullest.

Fatigue and chronic pain are both common complications of spondylarthritis. Even though research has shown that exercise improves overall health and has demonstrable benefits, many people impacted by spondyloarthritis often struggle with incorporating a regular exercise routine within their daily schedule.

Spondyloarthritis causes inflammation. The inflammation is often experienced in the entheses, the place where a tendon, ligament, or joint capsule attaches to the bone. Spondyloarthritis impacts people in different ways. However, managing the disease often includes two major components: medication to control inflammation and therefore pain and injury, and exercise / physical activity to maximize motion, conditioning, strength, balance, and function.

Performing a regular exercise program on a consistent basis that emphasizes flexibility, aerobic conditioning, strength and balance for even 20 minutes per day has been shown to significantly improve pain, stiffness, fatigue, function, and mood for people living with spondylitis. 

“Living with spondyloarthritis, you have no idea how you will be feeing day to day, and it is hard to keep a regular exercise routine.  Now it's time to move into action and enhance your quality of life,” says Susan Lorenzana, a cast member for Back in Action, Again who lives with the disease.

SAA’s new Exercise program features Physical Therapy leaders Tami Grunitzky PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Angelo Papachristos BSC, BSCPT, MBA, ACPAC and Certified Yoga instructor Larry Payne Ph.D., C-IAYT, YTRX, E-RYT500 instructing spondyloarthritis patients from our community on workouts and routines specifically designed for people living with the disease. Sessions feature Range of Motion and Stretching; Aerobic & Cardiovascular; Strengthening; and Balance to improve posture, breathing capacity, and overall function.

About the Spondylitis Association of America

Since our founding in 1983, the Spondylitis Association of America has been the leading national nonprofit providing educational resources, connections, and the critical emotional support that people living with spondylitis need. SAA is committed to increasing awareness of spondylitis, providing information and support to patients and their families, and funding research to ultimately uncover a cure for the disease.

SAA has a wealth of information, educational materials, and resources for medical practitioners, the newly diagnosed, people who are seeking a proper diagnosis, and people who have already been diagnosed and living with the disease.


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