Spondyloarthropathies are a collection of diseases that include ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis (Reiter’s syndrome), psoriatic arthritis; inflammatory bowel disease associated spondyloarthropathy and undifferentiated spondyloarthropathy. In simple terms, all of these diseases are associated with the HLA-B27 gene and cause enthesitis. Enthesitis is inflammation of where a tendon or ligament attaches to the bone and this inflammatory situation is common in the spine. It is important to recognise these diseases early as early detection and treatment can limit their progression.
Symptoms of cervical spondyloarthropathies
In general principle, any spondyloarthropathy can affect the cervical spine (neck) and usually comes about from either placing pressure on the neck or inflaming the neck. For example, of the spondyloarthropathy ankylosing spondylitis is the most common and this creates a hyperextended position of the cervical spine (neck) and this places more pressure on the neck and chronic neck pain can persist. Inflammation of the vertebrae and discs at the enthesis points is also common and this can occur from the pelvic to the neck.
Treatment of Cervical Spondyloarthropathies
Treatment for cervical spondyloarthropathies from a chiropractic and physiotherapy point of view is to help preserve function and minimise pain. There is no such thing as a neck spondyloarthropathy , but any spondyloarthropathy can affect the neck. It is important to identify these diseases early to limit any ongoing mechanical loss. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) Balmain and Dee Why we offer evidence-based treatments for all muscle and joint injuries and conditions.