Online Course
Treatment of Spondyloarthropathy
Effectively manage spondyloarthropathy alongside pharmacological interventions

1-1.5 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 seronegative inflammatory conditions, which have axial and peripheral symptoms. The primary aim of treatment is to reduce inflammation. Issues such as pain, stiffness, fatigue, sleep disturbance, depression, reduced physical activity levels, and increased cardiovascular disease risk also need to be addressed. There are various pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments available for spondyloarthropathy, including exercise therapy. Physiotherapists and occupational therapists play a key role in managing these chronic conditions, from the early stages through to the late stages of disease.


The aim of this course is to introduce the pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments available for spondyloarthropathy.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

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 1-1.5 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 1.1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course 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. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • discuss the role of NSAIDs as a first-line pharmacological treatment for spondyloarthropathy
  • identify three conventional disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs that are used to treat different types of spondyloarthropathy
  • discuss the use of biologic disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs in the management of spondyloarthropathy
  • describe seven key features that should be considered when implementing an exercise intervention for patients with spondyloarthropathy
  • choose an appropriate set of exercises for an individual with spondyloarthropathy based on a case scenario

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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Featured reviews
It is an excellent overview of spondyloarthropathy management. It covers all the PT bases and details the medical management of these complex conditions. The information was accurate, as cross-checked against current medical literature. It is an evolving treatment area, and the variances between the types of arthropathies are well-defined in this presentation/course. I highly recommend this course to PTs treating adults or children with this condition.
Scott Mitchell
United States
Great course, easy to follow, with lots of practical treatment ideas!
Katy Holmes