Online Course
Spondyloarthropathy Programme
Help your patients by knowing the signs of spondyloarthropathy, when to refer on and how to effectively manage this condition

11 - 13 hours





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Christopher Martey
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Christopher Martey is an Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in the South West of England

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Spondyloarthropathy is an umbrella term for a group of inflammatory conditions that are progressive and painful. It is a chronic form of inflammatory arthritis which has axial and peripheral manifestations, as well as extra-articular features. Only rheumatologists are able to diagnose spondyloarthropathy, however it is important that other clinicians including physiotherapists are able to recognise features consistent with these conditions as well as co-morbidities to ensure prompt referral.


This programme of courses will empower the participant to identify the features and com-morbidities of spondyloarthropathy, differentiate between different types of spondyloarthropathy, know when to refer to a specialist, and how to effectively manage these patients.


This programme will cover the following topics:

  1. Overview of Spondyloarthropathies
  2. Differentiating Inflammatory and Mechanical Back Pain
  3. Diagnosis and Classification of Spondyloarthropathies
  4. Co-morbidities and Extra-Articular Manifestations of Spondyloarthropathy
  5. High impact exercise

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 11 - 13 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 11.1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this programme of courses and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Complete each of the required courses
  5. Submit a written assignment that meets that passes the assessment criteria.
  6. Complete a course evaluation form.

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Financial disclosures by Christopher Martey:
Versus Arthritis Charity (UK): Musculoskeletal Core Skills Trainer - whilst my content for Plus is predominantly Rheumatology and not Musculoskeletal, there may be some overlap.

Non-financial disclosures by Christopher Martey:
Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA, Charity, UK): Vice-Chair and Trustee of the Charity - Voluntary unpaid role, however, do get travel and expenses reimbursement at some events and for Board meetings that are not held online


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