Connect with others who understand.

sign up log in
About MySpondylitisTeam
SPONSORED IN PART BY UCB, INC. ?

What should you ask your primary care provider about nr-axSpA?

Posted on April 01, 2020

If someone has back pain that started before the age of 40 and has the characteristics of inflammatory back pain, it is important to talk to their primary care provider about a referral to a rheumatologist. Also, if someone is being treated for inflammatory bowel disease and uveitis (which is inflammation of the eye) or psoriasis and developed back pain, it is important to see a rheumatologist. These conditions are associated with a higher risk of non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis.

The most important thing to ask your primary care provider is do you think this could be sacroiliac joint pain (a joint in your pelvis) which could represent a rheumatic 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.

Recent articles

Mht covid19 essentialupdates carousel
During the COVID-19 pandemic, MySpondylitisTeam will provide summaries and links to articles of...

COVID-19 and Spondylitis Essential Updates

During the COVID-19 pandemic, MySpondylitisTeam will provide summaries and links to articles of...
Mht myspondylitisteam covid19 carousel
Article written by Heather Lapidus Glassner Medically reviewed by Siddharth Tambar, MDDoes having...

Spondylitis and COVID-19: Are You at a Greater Risk?

Article written by Heather Lapidus Glassner Medically reviewed by Siddharth Tambar, MDDoes having...
Mht carousel videoexpertseries drnorton v4
There are things that you can do to manage your disease if you have nr-axSpA. First of all, there...

What can people do to manage their nr-axSpA?

There are things that you can do to manage your disease if you have nr-axSpA. First of all, there...
Mht carousel videoexpertseries drnorton v4
Things to ask your rheumatologist about nr-axSpA include: what to expect from the disease and...

What should you ask your rheumatologist about nr-axSpA?

Things to ask your rheumatologist about nr-axSpA include: what to expect from the disease and...
Mht carousel videoexpertseries drnorton v4
nr-axSpA, or non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis, is a chronic inflammatory disease...

What are the signs and symptoms of nr-axSpA?

nr-axSpA, or non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis, is a chronic inflammatory disease...
Mht carousel videoexpertseries drnorton v4
Dr. Hillary Norton is Medical Director of Santa Fe Rheumatology, a private practice in Santa Fe,...

Dr. Norton Expert Series (Video)

Dr. Hillary Norton is Medical Director of Santa Fe Rheumatology, a private practice in Santa Fe,...
Mht carousel videoexpertseries drnorton v4
There is commonly a long delay in diagnosis for nr-axSpA, and that can be frustrating and...

What is the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of nr-axSpA?

There is commonly a long delay in diagnosis for nr-axSpA, and that can be frustrating and...
Coronavirus
Article written by Kelly Crumrin Those of us living with pre-existing, chronic conditions such as...

Canceling Is Kindness: Keeping Safe From COVID-19 With Spondylitis

Article written by Kelly Crumrin Those of us living with pre-existing, chronic conditions such as...
Setting intentions for 2020 with spondylitis
Eat healthier. Exercise more. Learn a new skill. Pay off a credit card. Many of us have made...

Setting Intentions for 2020 With Spondylitis

Eat healthier. Exercise more. Learn a new skill. Pay off a credit card. Many of us have made...
Practicing gratitude with spondylitis
This time of the year can be overwhelming with expectations around the holidays, and living with...

Practicing Gratitude With Spondylitis

This time of the year can be overwhelming with expectations around the holidays, and living with...
MySpondylitisTeam My spondylitis Team

Two Ways to Get Started with MySpondylitisTeam

Become a Member

Connect with others who are living with spondylitis. Get members only access to emotional support, advice, treatment insights, and more.

sign up

Become a Subscriber

Get the latest articles about spondylitis sent to your inbox.

Not now, thanks

Privacy policy
MySpondylitisTeam My spondylitis Team

Thank you for signing up.

close