Axial spondyloarthritis (AxSpA) refers to several inflammatory arthritis diseases that affect the spine, but may also affect other joints as well as organs. Learn more about this family of diseases, how they're diagnosed and treated, and how you can control them.
Learn about this complex group of diseases that affect the spine, how they differ and why they’re hard to diagnose.Learn More
Treatment Options for Axial Spondyloarthritis
Whether you have ankylosing spondylitis or nonradiographic axial spondyloarthritis, treatment can slow the disease and make you more comfortable.Learn More
Treating Ankylosing Spondylitis
Learn about medications as well as nondrug therapies used to tamp down inflammation and get ankylosing spondylitis under control.Learn More
Questions to Ask Your Doctor When You Have AxSpA
Learn all you can about your diagnosis, therapies and any related conditions you might be at risk for. Download this checklist to help you communicate with your doctor about your axSpA.Learn More
News & Stories
Ankylosing Spondylitis Raises Risk for Other Conditions
People who have had ankylosing spondylitis a long time and women with the disease are at higher risk of conditions affecting the skin, eyes and intestinal system. Learn more about the conditions.Learn More
When Back Pain Means You Have Axial Spondyloarthritis
Back pain is one of the most common medical complaints and can have many causes. Take this quiz to find out if it could be from this complex form of arthritis, which affects the spine and pelvic joints.Learn More
Jed Finley: It's Manly to Admit Pain
One man shares his journey to acknowledging his ankylosing spondylitis pain.Learn More
Living Well With Axial Spondyloarthritis
First Steps Toward Axial Spondyloarthritis Treatment
Learning you have a chronic disease can be confusing. Focus on these four things to start managing axial spondyloarthritis, including ankylosing spondylitis.Learn More
6 Self-Care Tips for AxSpA
Healthy habits help you manage your axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA), including ankylosing spondylitis.Learn More
Axial Spondyloarthritis and Body Image
Learn to keep a positive self-image if your posture and physical abilities change.Learn More
Can a Brace Help Ankylosing Spondylitis?
Learn if braces help curvature in people with ankylosing spondylitis.Learn More
Help & Support
Arthritis Foundation Helpline
Our experienced Helpline team understands axSpA and is here to answer your questions. Call or email us for help in English or Spanish.Get the Help You Need
If you were recently diagnosed, you may feel overwhelmed and alone. Get tips that can help you manage your disease.Helpful Tips & Resources
Making Sense of Your Insurance
Choose the right coverage, reduce costs and minimize claim denials with these helpful tips.
Get Connected with a Community
Connecting with others in your local community who understand what it's like to live with arthritis is life-changing. Find a connect group near you to make new friends, share tips and get support.