Spondyloarthritis in over 16s: diagnosis and management

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Estimates for the prevalence of spondyloarthritis range from 1 to 2% of the population, but healthcare professionals in non-specialist settings are not always able to recognise the signs and symptoms of spondyloarthritis, particularly in the spine where they are confused for other causes of low back pain. Delays in diagnosis lead to greater disease progression, and potential disability if untreated. Identifying key symptoms enables prompt treatment and disease control, reducing the risk of long-term consequences.

This new Guidelines summary explores the recognition of spondyloarthritis, care and support for patients after diagnosis, and pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of the condition.

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