Treating Psoriatic Arthritis
Treatment for psoriatic arthritis can relieve pain, reduce swelling, help keep joints working properly and possibly prevent further joint damage. Doctors will recommend treatments based on the type of psoriatic arthritis, its severity and an individual’s reaction to treatment.
Early diagnosis and treatment can help slow the disease and preserve function and range of motion. Some early indicators of severe disease include onset at a young age, having many joints involved and spinal involvement. Good control of the skin disease may be valuable in the management of psoriatic arthritis. Some treatments are approved to treat both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
Mild Psoriatic Arthritis
Generally, localized psoriatic arthritis is mild and affects only one or two joints. A person may experience long periods with no symptoms. Psoriatic arthritis of this nature generally causes less deformity and long-term disability.
Disabling Psoriatic Arthritis
A portion of people who have three or more affected joints may have a higher risk of joint destruction and disability. When it is not relieved by anti-inflammatory drugs, more potent medications may be required. Some cases may require surgery and rehabilitation.
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