Spondyloarthritis is a name for types of arthritis that commonly affect the spine. There are several types of arthritis grouped under this name. The main types include:
Another name used for this group of conditions is spondylitis. Spondylitis means 'inflammation of the spine.'
Conditions that fall under the name of spondyloarthritis all have the following signs in common:
Before starting treatment, is important to see a rheumatologist to make sure you get the right diagnosis (find out more about working with your healthcare team). Your rheumatologist will then work with you to find the right treatment for your condition and symptoms.
Unfortunately, there is no way of predicting which treatment will work best for each person. Your doctor might need to try different treatments before finding what works best for you.
This may include:
Medicines, such as:
Read more about these medications in our Medicines and Arthritis information sheet.