Advances in Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment

By

Ana-Maria Orbai, MD, MHS

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Psoriatic arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis associated with psoriasis, a disease that affects skin and nails. It’s classified as an autoimmune disease, meaning the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells, causing pain and inflammation. Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include swollen fingers, scaly skin, lower back pain and stiffness, and joint damage.

Early and effective treatment is essential to preventing long-term problems caused by psoriatic arthritis. The goal of a treatment plan is disease remission or the reduction of symptoms and prevention of long-term damage and a decreased ability to function. Advanced treatment options such as biologics and other new medications make it possible for people with psoriatic arthritis to experience symptom-relief and possibly remission of the disease.

Today, we’ve seen many advances in treating the damage and pain of psoriatic arthritis. Watch as experts share the advice they give patients for managing the condition.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 29, 2017

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