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Psoriatic Arthritis

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by Stahl RJ

(Arthritis, Psoriatic; PsA)



Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disease which means the body attacks its own healthy tissue.
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In addition to treating you psoriasis, your doctor will also create a treatment plan that focuses on your arthritis symptoms. Treatment may include:


Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor may recommend:
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to decrease pain and inflammation
  • Steroid injections into painful joints
  • Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDS) to treat more severe symptoms and slow the progression of the disease
  • Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors to treat more severe symptoms

Other Treatment

You may be referred to a physical or occupational therapist. These therapists can help you to improve your range of motion and your ability to do everyday activities.
Proper weight management is associated with improved symptoms. Talk to a dietitian who can help you lose excess weight and keep it off.
Working with a mental health therapist may also be helpful for your overall well-being. You can learn ways to better cope with your chronic condition.


If you have severe pain and disability, your doctor may recommend:
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Tendon surgery


Arthritis Foundation

National Psoriasis Foundation



The Arthritis Society

Canadian Rheumatology Association



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What is psoriatic arthritis? Arthritis Foundation website. Available at: Accessed June 1, 2013.


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