Inflammatory back pain in primary care

Br J Rheumatol. 1995 Nov;34(11):1074-7. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/34.11.1074.


Three-hundred-and-thirteen back pain sufferers completed a screening questionnaire for inflammatory back pain. This was positive in 46 (15%), who were invited for a further examination. Only two of these patients had definite ankylosing spondylitis. Eighteen of them (39%) had other features associated with spondyloarthropathy. It is suggested that up to 5% of back pain sufferers may have a mild form of ankylosing spondylitis that may never progress to definite ankylosis, but for whom treatment as if they had ankylosing spondylitis may be of benefit.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Back Pain / diagnosis*
  • Back Pain / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Primary Health Care / standards*
  • Spondylitis, Ankylosing / complications
  • Spondylitis, Ankylosing / diagnosis*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires