Psoriatic Arthritis
Monday, May 11, 2009

Psoriatic arthritis is a specific condition in which a person has both psoriasis and arthritis. Dr. Edward Hill talks about this form or arthritis and treatment options for the condition in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Psoriatic arthritis causes inflammation in and around the joints.  This commonly includes the wrists, knees, ankles, lower back and neck. It also can affect the ends of the fingers and toes and the spine.

Most people with psoriatic arthritis also have the skin lesions of psoriasis.

Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include:

∑ Stiffness, pain, swelling and tenderness of the joints and surrounding soft tissue

∑ Reduced range of motion

∑ Morning stiffness and tiredness

∑ Nail changes, including pitting or lifting of the nail, and

∑ Redness and pain of the eye

Left untreated, psoriatic arthritis can be a progressively disabling disease. Treatment includes non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-rheumatic medication,  and drugs that block the immune system from producing inflammation and causing joint damage.

Donít accept arthritis as a normal part of aging. Be sure the type of arthritis is diagnosed and appropriate treatment is instituted. This may not only relieve pain, but may slow the progression of joint destruction.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.