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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, 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.


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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