Some chronic joint conditions such as psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter's syndrome, and enteropathic arthritis are in the family of spondyloarthropathies. These diseases often affect the sacroiliac joint that attaches the lower back to the pelvis and also frequently affect the knee, foot, and hip joints. The causes of spondyloarthopathies are not completely understood, but genetics plays a major role. Spondyloarthropathies cause stiffness and joint pain, but these conditions are also frequently associated with other manifestations such as eye inflammation and skin rashes. Although symptoms can be mild, sometimes these conditions can be more serious and cause joint damage. Stretching and practicing good posture can aid in pain relief. While nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are treatment options for some patients with spondyloarthopathies, more aggressive treatment such as biologic medications may be required, depending on the individual condition.
If you have any of these chronic joint conditions and want to learn about treatment available for you, contact Triangle Orthopaedics.
In addition to standard care, we have an active clinical research program including clinical trials of new medications under study for rheumatic diseases. We have participated in clinical trials of most of the rheumatoid arthritis medications that have become available over the past 20 years including Enbrel, Humira, Orencia, Rituxan, Kineret, Actemra, and Cimzia as well as the major anti-inflammatory medications. We have also collaborated with researchers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina's Thurston Arthritis Research Center. In our opinion, the availability of clinical trials is a major resource for our patients allowing them access to cutting edge therapies when established medications are not satisfactory. Our participation also keeps us at the forefront of the newest advances in rheumatology. If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, please contact us.
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