About Arthritis, Psoriatic

What is Arthritis, Psoriatic?

Arthritis, psoriatic is a type of inflammatory arthritis that affects some people who have psoriasis, a chronic skin condition. It is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and tenderness. It can also cause fatigue, eye inflammation, and nail changes. Treatment typically involves medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes.



What are the symptoms of Arthritis, Psoriatic?

Arthritis:

Pain and Stiffness in the joints
• Swelling in the joints
• Reduced range of motion
• Fatigue
• Warmth and Redness in the affected joints
Weakness in the muscles around the affected joints

Psoriatic Arthritis:

• Swollen, painful joints
Stiffness in the joints
• Tenderness in the joints
• Swelling in the fingers and toes
• Nail changes, such as pitting or discoloration
• Lower back pain
• Fatigue
• Eye inflammation



What are the causes of Arthritis, Psoriatic?

Arthritis:

1. Age: As people age, their joints become more prone to wear and tear, which can lead to arthritis.

2. Genetics: Certain genetic factors can increase the risk of developing certain types of arthritis.

3. Injury: Injury to a joint can increase the risk of developing arthritis in that joint.

4. Infection: Certain infections, such as Lyme disease, can cause arthritis.

5. Autoimmune Disorders: Autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can cause inflammation of the joints.

Psoriatic Arthritis:

1. Genetics: Certain genetic factors can increase the risk of developing psoriatic arthritis.

2. Psoriasis: Psoriasis is a skin condition that can cause inflammation of the joints, leading to psoriatic arthritis.



What are the treatments for Arthritis, Psoriatic?

Arthritis:

1. Exercise: Regular exercise can help reduce joint pain and stiffness, improve joint mobility, and strengthen the muscles around the affected joints.

2. Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help reduce pain and inflammation. Other medications, such as corticosteroids, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), and biologic agents, may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and slow the progression of the disease.

3. Physical and Occupational Therapy: Physical and occupational therapy can help improve joint mobility and reduce pain.

4. Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair or replace damaged joints.

Psoriatic Arthritis:

1. Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help reduce pain



What are the risk factors for Arthritis, Psoriatic?

Risk factors for arthritis, psoriatic:

1. Age: Psoriatic arthritis is more common in adults between the ages of 30 and 50.

2. Gender: Psoriatic arthritis is more common in men than in women.

3. Genetics: Having a family history of psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis increases the risk of developing the condition.

4. Obesity: Being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing psoriatic arthritis.

5. Smoking: Smoking increases the risk of developing psoriatic arthritis.

6. Stress: Stress can trigger psoriatic arthritis flares.

7. Infections: Certain infections, such as strep throat, can trigger psoriatic arthritis.



Is there a cure/medications for Arthritis, Psoriatic?

Yes, there are treatments available for both arthritis and psoriatic conditions. For arthritis, treatments may include medications, physical therapy, lifestyle changes, and surgery. Medications used to treat arthritis include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), and biologic response modifiers. For psoriatic conditions, treatments may include topical medications, light therapy, oral medications, and biologic medications.