Last updated:16th March 2018

Back Pain Plus

Help us to reduce the 8.5 year delay in diagnosis

Back Pain Plus is an awareness campaign aimed at ophthalmologists, dermatologists and gastroenterologists, aiming to help reduce the current 8.5 year delay in diagnosis for people with axial spondyloarthritis including ankylosing spondylitis (AS).

  • 26% of people with AS have acute anterior uveitis & 40% of people with acute anterior uveitis have spondyloarthritis
  • 9% of people with AS have psoriasis
  • 7% of people with AS have inflammatory bowel disease

Refer your patient on

If you suspect your patient has AS or inflammatory back pain, please refer them on to a rheumatologist. We have developed very simple, single sided, explainations for health professionals to print off for their patients explaining why they have been referred onto a rheumatologist.

 Download and print AS & uveitis - understanding your referral to rheumatology' in Word format or as a PDF

 Download and print AS & psoriasis - understanding your referral to rheumatology in Word format or as a PDF

 Download and print AS & IBD - understanding your referral to rheumatology in Word format or as a PDF

Support the campaign

You can support the campaign by downloading our posters and flyers or for a paper copy email Jill Hamilton.

 A5 - uveitis flyer

 A4  - uveitis poster

 A5 - psoriasis flyer

 A4 - psoriais poster

 A5 - IBD flyer

 A4 - IBD poster

Check out the research

Prevalence of axial spondyloarthritis in patients with acute anterior uveitis: a cross-sectional study utilising MRI

More about AS

You can find more detailed information on AS and its association with uveitispsoriasis and IBD here on the NASS website. You can also visit the About AS section of the website to find more in-depth information on the condition.

If you have a patient who has already been diagnosed with AS and they would like some more information please direct them to our About AS section of the website. You can also order materials for health care professionals and patients from the NASS website.





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