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Spondyloarthritis (Pediatric)

What is spondyloarthritis?

Spondyloarthritis consists of several inflammatory disorders that involve both the joints and the areas where the ligaments and tendons attach to the bones (called entheses). The disorders include ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease associated with enteropathic arthritis. Many cases involve the spine, but other joints are affected, primarily the hips, knees, and ankles.

What is the treatment for spondyloarthritis?

Treatment may involve medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, tumor necrosis alpha (TNF-alpha) blockers, and other biologic medications.

Physical therapy is also an essential part of treatment.