Serving the Spondyloarthritis Community

Serving the Spondyloarthritis Community

Early Career Researcher Award

Applications accepted May 1 through August 1 for SAA’s Bruckel Early Career Investigator Award, which recognizes outstanding “contributions to the care and understanding of patients with spondyloarthritis.” The awardee receives a $30,000 grant for use in spondyloarthritis research.

Global Spondyloarthritis Summit

The 6th Annual Global Spondyloarthritis (SpA) Summit will be held virtually on May 3-4, 2024. Under the theme “Sharing Knowledge, Building Community,” this year’s two-day summit features presentations from experts in the spondyloarthritis community. For the first time, the event will also include breakout sessions—virtual meetings where attendees can share experiences, discuss issues, and learn from one another. As always, this event is free.

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Spondy What?

Spondyloarthritis affects more people than Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and Rheumatoid Arthritis, yet it remains relatively unknown.

  • Nearly 1 in 100 Americans have

  • Spondyloarthritis is the most overlooked cause
    of persistent back pain in young adults

  • 1 in 4 patients have had to change
    careers due to spondyloarthritis

  • 1 in 4 patients have seen five or more
    health professionals in search of a diagnosis

  • The typical age of onset is
    between 17 and 45


als (30k)


MS (400 k)


Rheumatoid Arthritis (1.3 million)


Spondyloarthritis (3.2 million)

54% of patients remain undiagnosed for at least 5 years

75% of kids with juvenile spondyloarthritis experience moderate to severe pain

Could I Have 

Could I Have Spondylitis?

Your pain may be caused by spondylitis. Watch our new awareness video and take the quiz.

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Learn About

Learn About Spondyloarthritis

Spondyloarthritis is a relatively unknown disease but it affects 1 in 100 Americans..

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Locate A

Locate A Rheumatologist

Use our directory to locate a patient recommended and board certified rheumatologist.

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Patient Resources
& Support

Patient Resources & Support

The most comprehensive library of spondylitis information and educational materials.

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Why Join The

Why Join The Community?

Connect with others because no one should have to face spondylitis alone.

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Get Involved

Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved in the community. Which one’s right for you?

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Tee Shirt Fundraiser!

DINO STYLE: DINOSAURS & GRAFFITI Tee Shirt Fundraiser to Benefit SAA!

SAA is honored to be the recipient of a very special fundraiser! Rob Ambrose, son of SAA support group leader Bob Ambrose, has generously donated his time and talent to help SAA raise funds A talented creator, Rob became fascinated with dinosaurs & graffiti in the early 80s on trips to the Museum of Natural History in NYC. This fascination later led him to be a science teacher, using graffiti-style art to teach kids about science & social-emotional well-being. Rob resides in NJ with his wife & their daughter.

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Community Voices

Spondyloarthritis affects more people than Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and Rheumatoid Arthritis, yet it remains relatively unknown.

Community Voices:

Each individual affected by spondyloarthritis has their own unique story. We at SAA believe that each and every story can be a source of inspiration and empowerment and hope you enjoy reading through our collection. We’d love to share your story as well! Send it to us at

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Learn About Spondyloarthritis:
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By Brian Goosen

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