Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory and chronic arthritis that affects some people with psoriasis. Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes scaly red and white patches. The immune system will go into overdrive to attack the skin. Psoriatic arthritis is capable of effecting any joint in people with psoriasis. Treatment for psoriatic arthritis is abundant and effective. However, 40 percent of patients do not respond to treatment options.
People between the ages of 30 and 50 are the ones who are most affected by this condition. 15 percent of people with psoriasis develop this condition. Men and women are both at risk of this disease because it does not favor either. There are cases where arthritis appears before the skin disorder. It is not known why psoriatic arthritis occurs.
Diagnosing and Treating Psoriatic Arthritis
Dr. Brionez can help you diagnose and treat psoriatic arthritis in several ways. Diagnosing psoriatic arthritis can be diagnosed by an examination of the patient. The doctor will examine the affected joints, skin, and nails. X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or ultrasounds may also be used to see if there is any joint damage.
Blood tests are another way of diagnosing psoriatic arthritis. The test will help rule out other conditions with similar symptoms like gout or osteoarthritis. Blood tests can range from high levels of inflammation to normal levels. Once the condition has been diagnosed, the doctor will decide on treatment.
Treatment varies on the patient’s symptoms. Mild cases should receive therapy and medication when the pain is at its highest. Once pain, swelling, and stiffness stop, the treatment process can as well. If the treatment does not work, then more aggressive drugs will be used. Dr. Brionez will prescribe the medications she believes will work best for your case of psoriatic arthritis.
How to Live with Psoriatic Arthritis
Psoriatic arthritis causes stiff joints, which can be challenging to live with. However, frequent exercise can help improve the feeling and flexibility of your joints. Walking is the best way to get exercise and stretch joints. Some patients find shoe inserts to reduce stress on the feet, ankles, and knees.
Psoriatic arthritis is easily manageable with the proper steps. Dr. Brionez can help you diagnose and treat the symptoms of this condition. Call Advanced Rheumatology of Houston at (281) 766-7886 for your diagnosis appointment.