What are spondyloarthropathies?
Spondyloarthropathies are a group of inflammatory rheumatic diseases that cause arthritis. Unlike other types of arthritis, spondyloarthropathies involve the areas where ligaments and tendons attach to bones and muscles. The chief symptoms are joint pain, swelling and redness. They develop in people in their teens to mid-40s, but a person of any age can be affected. These types of arthritis can damage joints and bones in your spine, shoulders and hips. The cause is unknown but researchers say genetics play a big role. Also called spondyloarthritis, almost two million Americans have some type of spondyloarthritis condition.