"Physical activity and exercise have been shown to improve general well-being and reduce cardiovascular disease risk in the general population," investigators stated. "Despite these recommendations, studies show that levels of PA are reduced among patients with axial spondyloarthritis.”
Rheumatology Network spoke with Jessica Walsh, MD, to discuss her study, “Patient perspectives of biologic treatments for axial spondyloarthritis: satisfaction, wear-off between doses, and use of supplemental medications."
Investigators discovered that women with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) have an overall higher disease burden and more peripheral manifestations when compared with men. They further theorized that awareness of these differences and the way the condition presents differently in both sexes may be used to more easily identify axSpA and improve disease management.
Back pain is the second leading symptom prompting a visit to a primary care physician. Here, we highlight a review of axial spondyloarthritis from Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The review aims to help primary care physicians detect this condition and know when to refer to a rheumatologist.