We’ve all heard of arthritis, but have you ever heard of the condition called psoriatic arthritis, also known as PsA? This condition is a specific type of arthritis that affects almost 30% of people who have Psoriasis. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the condition, but that’s why it’s so important to understand it and know what kind of symptoms and treatments there are. Especially if you’ve Psoriasis!
First, is it good to know what kind of condition psoriatic arthritis is and how it can present itself? Psoriatic arthritis is a form of inflammatory arthritis that is often circumscribed by joint pain, morning stiffness, and swelling in the joints. Both psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis are autoimmune diseases. This means that in both conditions, certain cells attack other cells or tissue in the body and try to break them down. 1 in 3 Americans who suffer from Psoriasis also develops psoriatic arthritis. You may also get the condition if you don’t have Psoriasis yourself, but it runs in your family. So make sure you get checked regularly. In addition, it’s also very important to recognize the warning signs of the condition.
Symptoms that manifest in the joint(s) – most commonly hands, feet, wrists, ankles & knees:
- Pain, aching or tenderness, and or swelling
- Reduced range of motion
- Pain or stiffness in the lower back
- Tenderness, pain, or swelling where tendons & ligaments attach to the bone.
- Swelling of an entire finger or toe
Continue reading on the next page and find out the skin symptoms of the condition and what kind of treatment options there are at the moment if you are diagnosed with Psoriatic arthritis.