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Psoriatic Arthritis

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by Stahl RJ

(Arthritis, Psoriatic; PsA)

 

Definition

Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disease which means the body attacks its own healthy tissue.
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Treatment

In addition to treating you psoriasis, your doctor will also create a treatment plan that focuses on your arthritis symptoms. Treatment may include:

Medications

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, including:
    • sulfasalazine
    • leflunomide
    • cyclosporine
    • methotrexate
  • Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors to treat more severe symptoms, including:
    • adalimumab
    • etanercept
    • golimumab
    • infliximab
    • abatacept

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.
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.

Surgery

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

RESOURCES

Arthritis Foundation
http://www.arthritis.org/

National Psoriasis Foundation
http://www.psoriasis.org/

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

The Arthritis Society
http://www.arthritis.ca/

Canadian Rheumatology Association
http://www.rheum.ca/

 

References


Psoriatic arthritis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/ . Updated June 6, 2013. Accessed June 18, 2013.


Psoriatic arthritis. National Psoriasis Foundation website. Available at: Available at: http://www.psoriasis.org/psoriatic-arthritis . Accessed June 18, 2013.


What is psoriatic arthritis? Arthritis Foundation website. Available at: http://www.arthritis.org/conditions-treatments/disease-center/psoriatic-arthritis/ . Accessed June 1, 2013.

 

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