arthritis is an inflammatory disease that can affect people with psoriasis. It
can be mild, but it can also cause severe pain and swelling in the joints. It
can affect any joint in the body—or many joints at the same time. Some
treatments that help control the pain and swelling can also reduce the chances
of long-term damage to the joints. But even if your chosen method of treatment
doesn’t halt the progression of damage to your joints, it may still bring
relief and improve your quality of life. So it’s worth searching for the most
effective pain relief strategies that work for you.
How to Reduce Pain and Swelling with Psoriatic Arthritis https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/crop/1494x999%2B5%2B0/resize/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2Fb3%2F92%2Ff1205e0442a0971cdc453872bda0%2Fresizes%2F1500%2Fimage-gettyimages-482147045.jpg
you only have mild or occasional joint pain, you may be able to get relief from
an over-the-counter (OTC) painkiller like acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen.
These non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) won’t halt the progression
of the disease, though, and there is no proof they can stop damage from
aggressive psoriatic arthritis.
1. Start with an over-the-counter painkiller. https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/crop/4245x2840%2B10%2B0/resize/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2Fd9%2F60%2Fb3053e3745108b06bb02f937b59c%2Fimage-pharmacist-and-patient.jpg
may have heard of DMARDs, or disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. Your healthcare
provider can prescribe a DMARD, such as methotrexate, to try to improve your
joint pain and swelling, as well as any psoriasis you may have on your skin.
However, the American College of Rheumatology cautions that they can’t stop the
progression of joint damage, either. But they may relieve your pain enough to
allow you to enjoy the normal activities of daily life. Be sure to discuss
possible side effects with your healthcare provider.
2. Try a prescription-strength drug. https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/crop/1500x1003%2B0%2B0/resize/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2Ffa%2Fd2%2F8f7def984013a0d624ae75149e0d%2Fresizes%2F1500%2Fgettyimages-565888815.jpg
OTC painkillers and DMARDs aren’t dulling your pain and inflammation, your
doctor might be willing to discuss the use of a biologic therapy. Technically,
biologics are a subset of DMARDs. The two types of biologics currently
available are anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha drugs and ustekinumab. These
drugs work by suppressing the immune system, which can also leave you
vulnerable to infections. But they do reduce pain and swelling and can even
stop joint damage from progressing.
have swollen, painful joints from your psoriatic arthritis but perhaps you
don’t want to take other medications. You might find some pain relief from
corticosteroid injections, which can reduce inflammation in your joints.
Generally speaking, there are fewer side effects associated with corticosteroid
injections than with oral steroids because they’re more directly targeted. Oral
steroids have to be digested, absorbed, and travel through the blood stream
through the entire body.
might question why walking would help sore joints, but bear with us. You can
keep your joints more supple and strong by exercising regularly. Walking is a
relatively low-impact way to do it. If you’d prefer to ride a stationary bike,
you can achieve the same goal. Exercise can also help you lose weight or
maintain a healthy weight, which can also reduce the stress you put on your
5. Walk more. https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/thumbnail/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2F9c%2Fe6%2F6b554017445bb8e98061305d18d1%2Fimage-getty-186873904.jpg
looking for ways to avoid putting unnecessary strain or pressure on
already-sore joints and reduce some of the pain you may be experiencing. For
example, are your finger joints sore and painful? Reduce the amount of strain
you put on them by using both hands to lift objects, rather than relying on
just one hand. You might also find some relief in a brace, split or other type
of support device.
6. Reduce unnecessary strain on your joints https://d33ljpvc0tflz5.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMH/crop/1500x1003%2B0%2B24/resize/580x388/quality/75/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fd26ua9paks4zq.cloudfront.net%2F9c%2F2a%2F50b5f85342c69954b8b8a4fdd876%2Fresizes%2F1500%2Fimage-gettyimages-stk119050rke.jpg