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Psoriatic Arthritis: What Is It?

Psoriatic Arthritis: What Is It?

Arthritis affects a quarter of all adults in the United States. As a leading Private Rheumatology Clinic in Pearland, Texas, we believe that every patient should and more importantly can get relief. While arthritis may be very common, there are several different types with very different causes for the pain, stiffness and swelling that occurs. These unique causes mean that equally unique treatments are required to manage them.

Psoriatic Arthritis is one type of arthritis that is associated with the skin condition Psoriasis. Most patients who develop this arthritis have already had the skin condition (silver scales-called plaques on top of red patches of skin) for several years. It is possible though for some people to develop the arthritis first without ever having any signs of a skin condition. This makes getting the correct diagnosis a little bit trickier and is best left to a qualified rheumatologist who specializes in these types of conditions.

Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis are pretty similar to other forms of arthritis and patients will typically experience pain, stiffness, and swelling often in the joints of the hands, feet and spine. There are other unique signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis too that the rheumatologist will be on the lookout for to help you get the proper diagnosis.

As a leading provider of all types of inflammatory conditions, we at Prime Rheumatology take pride in our ability to treat all of the different types of arthritis. And while psoriatic arthritis has no known cure, it can be made manageable. Our Doctors may recommend using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) but may also prescribe stronger medication for the pain and swelling. And depending on your individual case we may add other classes of medication too to help address the underlying cause.

Treating conditions related to the joints requires the correct diagnosis and then the appropriate medications. To make your journey to healthier, less painful joints as efficient as possible entrust your treatment to the reliable providers of Prime Rheumatology in Richmond, Texas. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll set an appointment for you to get started on your treatment plan.

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