According to the National Psoriasis Association, approximately 30% of men, women and children who suffer from the autoimmune skin disease psoriasis may develop psoriatic arthritis. It is extremely rare you develop PsA without having a prior issue with psoriasis.
Currently, there is no cure for sufferers, but it is manageable. The experts at Arthritis Consultants East Tennessee would like to share with you different ways to notice symptoms and the best treatment plan available.
Psoriatic Arthritis inflammation
Many see the word arthritis and assume psoriasis is caused by the wear and tear of cartilage over time. However, psoriatic arthritis is caused by inflammation at the root of the joint pain and happens because of a dysfunctional immune system. A person’s body attacks its own tissue. In the case of psoriatic arthritis, the body is attacking cartilage.
- Stiff & swollen joints
- Pain in larger joints, such as knees or hips
- Stiff spine & neck
- Red eyes
- Tender spots where tendons and ligaments join with the bone
Who Gets Psoriatic Arthritis?
Anyone can get psoriatic arthritis. However, most symptoms are discovered in men and women between the ages of 30-50. PsA typically begins approximately 10 years after you notice your first skin condition.
It is even possible for children to be affected. This would typically appear between the ages of 11-12. These children tend to show signs of skin psoriasis before the arthritis appears.
How Does Psoriatic Arthritis Progress?
If left untreated, the chronic inflammation will lead to permanent damage of joints. Delaying your diagnosis and treatment by 6 months, could permanently deteriorate your joints. If you are experiencing pain in your spine or joints call the Arthritis Consultants of Eastern Tennessee, to schedule your evaluation.
If left untreated, the patient is more likely to develop more complications associated with PsA.
- High cholesterol
- Chrohn’s Disease
- Metabolic syndrome
- High blood pressure
Is Psoriatic Arthritis Treatable?
Yes! You do not have to live your life suffering in pain. Contact Arthritis Consultants of Eastern Tennessee to find out about therapies we offer to help you find comfort again. Types of therapy our rheumatologist may prescribe:
- Injections in joints
- Enzyme inhibitors
- Anti-inflammatory medications
There may be lifestyle changes you will have to change such as: weight lose, eat whole grains and increase your level of activity.
Arthritis Consultants of East Tennessee specializes in rheumatologic care, which is the practice of assessing joints, muscles, and bones for pain, swelling, stiffness, and deformity. Contact us or call 865-503-2001 today to find out how we can help you get your life back on track.