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New Resource for Those Living with Spondyloarthritis

  • Posted by Jeffrey Stark, M.D., Head of Medical Affairs, Rheumatology MHT_Spondylitis_Webpage_1280v960_for_Blog

    An estimated 3.3 million individuals in the U.S. are living with spondyloarthritis1,2 (SpA), an inflammatory disease affecting the spine, and in some people, the joints of the arms and legs, skin, intestines, and eyes. An underdiagnosed condition, most people with SpA first experience symptoms in their 20s or 30s but typically wait as many as 10 years between symptom onset and SpA diagnosis. *

    At UCB, we recognize the need to narrow this gap. One way to support SpA patients is to improve the information and resources available to help improve the daily lived experience with SpA. Earlier today, we announced with MyHealthTeams the launch of a Spondyloarthritis Resource Center within MySpondylitisTeam, the social network for people living with SpA. Featured content within the Spondyloarthritis Resource Center includes:

    • An interactive quiz that helps people identify symptoms, related to Spondyloarthitis
    • A discussion guide that helps them talk with their doctor about the symptoms
    • An infographic that explains key information about the condition
    • A step-by-step illustrated guide to exercises for better posture, which can help relieve discomfort

    The Spondyloarthritis Resource Center is designed to increase awareness about SpA, help people recognize symptoms to get a diagnosis sooner, and equip people with questions to ask their doctors. We hope through providing a trusted source of information, tools, and the connection of a social network, we can play an active part in empowering people with SpA to help them live their best lives.

    1. Reveille JD, et al. Arthritis Care Res. 2012;64(6):905-910.
    2. United States Census. US and World Population Clock. Accessed June 26, 2018.

    *According to a 2016 study published in Arthritis and Rheumatology

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