What is psoriatic arthritis?
Psoriatic arthritis can develop slowly with mild symptoms, or it can develop quickly and be severe. Early recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of psoriatic arthritis can help stop or limit progressive joint damage that occurs in later stages of the disease.
Common symptoms include:
- Reduction in physical mobility due to pain
- Pain and swelling of the joints in hands, feet, and even the hip
- Tenderness or pain where tendons and ligaments attach to bones
Your psoriatic arthritis treatment options
There are many treatments that may give you relief, so it’s important to talk with your doctor to find the right one. The type of psoriatic arthritis you have, its severity, and your reaction to treatment will help determine what treatment is best for you.
Some options for treatment include:
- Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): Over-the-counter medications like aspirin and ibuprofen, but can also include prescription products, which help to reduce inflammation, joint pain, and stiffness
- Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs): Typically for more severe symptoms, these attempt to slow or stop joint/tissue damage and the progression of psoriatic arthritis
- Biologics: Protein-based medicines produced from living cells that target specific parts of the immune system