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Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the joints and the places where tendons and ligaments connect to bone. The immune system creates inflammation that can lead to swelling, pain, fatigue and stiffness in the joints.
PsA can start at any age, but often appears between ages 30 and 50. For most people, it starts about 10 years after psoriasis begins. While it is less common, people can develop psoriatic arthritis without having psoriasis.
Though there is no cure, there are a growing range of treatments available to help stop the disease progression, lessen pain, protect joints and preserve range of motion. Left untreated, psoriatic arthritis can cause permanent joint damage. For people who have or suspect they may have psoriatic arthritis, it is extremely important to work with a rheumatologist (arthritis doctor) to find the right treatment plan.
Early recognition, diagnosis and treatment of psoriatic arthritis are critical to relieve pain and inflammation and help prevent joint damage. Furthermore, delaying treatment by as little as six months can result in permanent joint damage, according to studies
PsA can develop slowly with mild symptoms, or it can develop quickly and be severe – each case is different. Early recognition, diagnosis and treatment of psoriatic arthritis is key in preventing or limiting extensive joint damage that occurs in later stages of the disease. Some may develop PsA in a joint after an injury (which may appear to be a cartilage tear).
Here are the common symptoms of psoriatic arthritis:
There is little connection between psoriasis severity and PsA severity. Having a severe case of psoriasis does not necessarily mean you will have a severe case of psoriatic arthritis. You could have few skin lesions but many joints affected by arthritis.
Arthritis Curehow to Arthritis Cure for If you experience joint aches and pains, talk to a doctor about diagnosis and treatment. Working with primary care providers or dermatologists often is the first step in diagnosing psoriatic arthritis, but people with psoriatic arthritis should consider seeing a rheumatologist, a doctor who specializes in arthritis.
To find a rheumatologist near you, contact NPF’s Patient Navigation Center. We offer the world''s observations and by a process of elimination. Your doctor will talk with you about your medical history, particularly any history with psoriasis, and may perform a physical examination, blood tests, MRIs and X-rays of the joints that have symptoms to diagnose PsA.
NPF is determined to create a psoriatic arthritis diagnostic test as the first step on the road to a cure. A diagnostic test will dramatically reduce the guesswork and the long delays in reaching a diagnosis and beginning treatment – delays that can result in irreparable damage. Read more about the work we'' tendons and the places where ligaments attach to the ribs, spine and pelvis. It is unique to PsA and does not occur with other forms of arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. Enthesitis can make the tissues in the affected area become ropey (known as fibrosis) or solid (known as ossification or calcification).
Dactylitis, or "" refers to inflammation or swelling of an entire finger or toe. It happens when the small joints and entheses of the surrounding tendons become inflamed. Dactylitis is another distinguishing indicator of psoriatic arthritis. Typically, dactylitis involves a few fingers and/or toes, but not in a symmetrical pattern –PsA affects different toes and fingers on different sides of the body.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, nearly 300,000 children in the United States are affected by some type of pediatric arthritis, including psoriatic arthritis. Children are more likely to experience the onset of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis simultaneously than adults, and arthritis may precede the skin disease in up to half of children who have it.
Psoriatic arthritis can develop at any time, but it most commonly appears between the ages of 30 and 50. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, a peak period of pediatric onset is age 11 to 12 in both boys and girls.
As with psoriasis, genes, the immune system and environmental factors are all believed to play a role in the onset of the disease.
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