There is commonly a long delay in diagnosis for nr-axSpA, and that can be frustrating and isolating. So if you think you have nr-axSpA you are not alone, and it's important to get a diagnosis from a rheumatologist. Early diagnosis and treatment can help in several ways. It's beneficial to control symptoms and improve outcomes. And people can sooner manage their disease. For example, exercise is a good way to manage the disease.
Dr. Hillary Norton is Medical Director of Santa Fe Rheumatology, a private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dr. Norton completed her internal medicine and rheumatology training at the University of New Mexico, and in addition to seeing patients, she is the Principal Investigator for numerous clinical trials. Dr. Norton’s passion is raising awareness for spondylitis as evidenced by her extensive media work related to this topic, and her partnership with the Spondylitis Association of America. She is an active contributor to the education and advocacy organization Creaky Joints. She is also an active member of the Spondylitis Research and Treatment Network. Dr. Norton has lectured worldwide on the topics of rheumatoid arthritis, AxSpa, and psoriatic arthritis.
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