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  • Joint pain that is always there

  • Pain in the lower back worsens when standing up

  • Joint pain migrates

  • Pain on one side started first

  • Both hips hurt

  • Lying on the back improves pain

  • Pain all over my body joints

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Content updated on Dec 6, 2023

What is spondyloarthropathy?

Spondyloarthropathy is a type of chronic inflammatory arthritis that typically affects the spine and nearby joints. It can damage joints such as the spine, shoulders, and hips. It can also cause other symptoms like eye pain and rashes. Spondyloarthropathy causes arthritis at the points where bones connect to soft tissues like ligaments and where tendons connect to bones and muscles.

Symptoms of spondyloarthropathy

  • Back pain improves with exercise

  • Pain gets better with exercise

  • Fatigue that is worst in the morning

  • Low back pain

  • Joint pain

  • Difficulty performing forward flexion in standing position

  • History of eye inflammation / uveitis

  • Common cold or stomach flu symptoms before the fever appeared

Questions your doctor may ask to check for spondyloarthropathy

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose spondyloarthropathy

  • Does exercise help with your back pain?

  • Does exercise improve your symptoms?

  • Do you feel more tired in the morning?

  • Do you have lower back pain?

  • Do you have joint pain?

Treatment for spondyloarthropathy

Treatment includes physical therapy, painkillers, and anti-inflammatory medication that can be taken orally or injected into the joints. Exercise and diet are also important means of treatment.

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Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

Kaito Nakamura, MD

Kaito Nakamura, MD (Rheumatology & Allergy)

Dr. Nakamura is a rheumatologist who has practiced in the Ota Nishinouchi Hospital attached to Ota General Hospital, National Health Insurance Matsudo City Hospital, Chiba University Hospital, and the National Health Insurance Asahi Central Hospital.

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