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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.
Psoriasis
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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
  • 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.

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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