Patients With Axial Spondyloarthritis Less Likely to Engage in Physical Activity

August 31, 2021

"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.”

Women With Axial Spondyloarthritis Have Higher Disease Burden Than Men

April 22, 2021

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.

Recognizing Axial Spondyloarthritis in Primary Care

October 15, 2020

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.

Q&A: Smoking and Inflammation in Axial Spondyloarthritis

July 30, 2020

Patients with axial spondyloarthritis who smoke may be more likely to have sacroiliac joint inflammation if they have a blue‐collar job or low education, according to a study recently published in Arthritis & Rheumatology. In this Q&A with study author Elena Nikiphorou, M.B.B.S./B.Sc., M.D.(Res), Consultant Rheumatologist at King's College Hospital in London, U.K.,we discuss the study and its findings.

Q&A: BMI Link to Disease Activity in Axial Spondyloarthritis

July 30, 2020

Patients with axial spondyloarthritis may be more susceptible to higher disease activity if they are overweight or obese, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published in RMD Open. In this Q&A with study author Jean Liew, M.D., of University of Washington in Seattle, we discuss the study and its significance.

SpA Cases Flare Under COVID-19 Due to Misinformation

June 23, 2020

French researchers writing in Arthritis and Rheumatology report that of 609 surveyed spondyloarthritis patients self-isolating at home due to COVID-19, most say their condition has progressed while in isolation and for some, the change has been considerable.

EULAR Report: Dual Cause of Increased CV Risk in Ankylosing Spondylitis Needs Attention

June 08, 2020

The increased cardiovascular disease risk in patients with ankylosing spondylitis is explained both by traditional  cardiovascular risk factors as well as the underlying chronic inflammatory process. However, this dual etiology is not adequately addressed in clinical practice, according to a presentation on June 3 at the European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR) annual meeting.