Psoriatic arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis that affects people with psoriasis, a chronic skin condition characterized by red, scaly patches. While psoriasis typically affects the skin, psoriatic arthritis can also cause joint pain and swelling. In severe cases, psoriatic arthritis can lead to joint damage and disability.
The causes of psoriatic arthritis are not fully understood, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. People with psoriasis are more likely to develop psoriatic arthritis, and the onset of arthritis typically occurs several years after the onset of skin symptoms.
The symptoms of psoriatic arthritis can vary from person to person and can range from mild to severe. Common symptoms include joint pain and swelling, as well as stiffness and a decrease in range of motion. People with psoriatic arthritis may also experience fatigue, nail changes, and eye inflammation.
Diagnosing psoriatic arthritis can be challenging, as the symptoms can mimic those of other forms of arthritis. A doctor may perform a physical exam, order blood tests, and take X-rays or other imaging tests to help diagnose the condition.
Treatment for psoriatic arthritis typically involves a combination of medications and lifestyle changes. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be used to reduce pain and swelling, while disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) can help slow the progression of the disease. In severe cases, targeted treatments such as biologic medications may be used to help reduce inflammation.
In addition to medication, lifestyle changes such as exercise, weight management, and stress reduction can also be helpful in managing psoriatic arthritis. People with the condition should also work with a doctor to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets their individual needs and goals.
At the upcoming Congress of Clinical Rheumatology (CCR) event, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the latest approaches to therapy for psoriatic arthritis from renowned expert Arthur Kavanaugh, M.D. Dr. Kavanaugh is a leading researcher and clinician in the field of rheumatology, and his talk will provide attendees with valuable insights into the newest treatments and therapies for psoriatic arthritis.
Dr. Kavanaugh’s talk will be of particular interest to healthcare professionals who work with patients with psoriatic arthritis, as well as people with the condition who are looking to stay up-to-date on the latest developments. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion, making this a unique and informative experience.
In conclusion, psoriatic arthritis is a chronic condition that affects people with psoriasis and can cause joint pain, swelling, and other symptoms. While the causes of the condition are not fully understood, treatment typically involves a combination of medications and lifestyle changes. At the CCR event, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the latest approaches to therapy for psoriatic arthritis from renowned expert Dr. Arthur Kavanaugh. If you’re interested in staying up-to-date on the latest developments in rheumatology, be sure to attend the CCR event from May 4-7, 2023 in Destin, FL.