If you have the skin condition, psoriasis, you may one day also develop psoriatic arthritis. From flaky, red skin to painful joints, the two can significantly affect your quality of life. If you’ve never heard of the two conditions, below, Lexington Orthopaedic Associates in Fayette County, KY, explains what psoriatic arthritis is and how orthopaedic doctors can help.
What Is Psoriatic Arthritis?
Psoriasis looks like red or silvery flaky skin patches and can be itchy or painful to touch. Individuals may develop this disease and then also have psoriatic arthritis, which occurs after the onset of the skin condition. Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that occurs when arthritis, or painful joints, coexists with psoriasis. Just like the skin problem, psoriatic arthritis may come and go in flares with periods of remission and activity.
Psoriatic arthritis can affect the joints all over your body or only on one side. The disease is similar to rheumatoid arthritis and can cause swelling of the toes and fingers, along with lower back and foot pain. Those with psoriasis who develop joint pain should contact their orthopaedic doctor right away.
Is There a Cure?
There is no cure for psoriatic arthritis, so people with the disease aim to minimize the symptoms to reduce joint damage. They often work with orthopaedic doctors to come up with a drug regimen to mitigate joint pain and swelling. This may include anti-inflammatory drugs, antirheumatic drugs, immunosuppressants and TNF-alpha inhibitors.
Psoriatic arthritis lasts a lifetime, so managing symptoms is an essential part of living a healthy, active life. If you’re concerned that you may have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, contact an orthopaedic doctor. In the Lexington area, call Lexington Orthopaedic Associates at (859) 277-5703, or visit the website to learn about their general care guidelines, orthopaedic surgeons, and in-house physical therapy offerings.