Reiter’s syndrome

Reiter’s syndrome

Reiter’s syndrome is sometimes called reactive arthritis and this describes a condition that causes pain and inflammation around the body, especially in the spine. It is most common in young men compared to women however the condition can affect both men and women of any age. Reiter’s syndrome may be caused be triggered by bacterial infection in the digestive and urinary tract.

Symptoms of Reiter’s syndrome (reactive arthritis)

The most common symptoms of Reiter’s Syndrome are pain and swelling in the joints of the spine, pelvis (sacroiliac joints), fingers, toes and feet. It is common for the iris of the eye to become inflamed (iritis) and patients to experience urethritis, which describes inflammation of the urethra. Skin rashes are common on the pelvic area and feet making it hard to walk. The most common saying used to remember this clinical presentation is “I can’t see, wee or walk”

Treatment of Reiter’s syndrome

There are numerous medications to help in the management of Reiter’s syndrome. If your chiropractor or physiotherapist at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) suspects you may have Reiter’s syndrome prompt referral is given to your general practitioner and a rheumatologist for specialist care. The role of a chiropractor or physiotherapist is to help alleviate pain and work on the mechanical aspects of the condition. Chiropractic and physiotherapy treatment cannot resolve this condition but can help with all the mechanical components and pain.

Causes of low back pain

The following conditions are common causes of low back pain.