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Back Pain Plus

Our Back Pain Plus campaign targets healthcare professionals working in ophthalmology, dermatology and gastroenterology

Help us to reduce the 8.5 year delay in diagnosis

Back Pain Plus is an awareness campaign aimed at healthcare professionals working in ophthalmology, dermatology and gastroenterology, 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, explanations for health professionals to print off for their patients explaining why they have been referred onto a rheumatologist.

Download ‘Understanding your referral to rheumatology – Uveitis’

Download ‘Understanding your referral to rheumatology – Psoriasis’

Download ‘Understanding your referral to rheumatology – IBD’

Support the Back Pain Plus campaign

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

Download AS & Uveitis Poster

Download AS & Psoriasis Poster

Download AS & IBD Poster