About 10-30% of people with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis. It usually arises in people 30-50 years old who have already experienced the skin symptoms of psoriasis. However, about 15% of people may develop joint symptoms before developing other signs of psoriasis on their skin.
What are the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis?
Like psoriasis, the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis can range from mild to severe.
Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include the following:
The joints most commonly affected are in the fingers and toes (the joints at the ends near the nails), the lower back, wrists, knees, and ankles. A small number of people with psoriatic arthritis develop spondylitis, an inflammation of the spinal column that can lead to pain and stiffness of the neck and back.
How is psoriatic arthritis treated?
There are a variety of treatments for psoriatic arthritis. Your doctor will recommend a treatment based on the severity of symptoms, results of past treatments, and your medical history.
Your doctor may prescribe medications to help manage your symptoms. Medications include:
Biologics for psoriasis
Biologics (also called “immunomodulators” or “disease-modifying therapies”) are a relatively new treatment option for moderate to severe psoriasis and psoriatric arthritis. Biologics are especially effective at healing the progression of arthritis in patients with psoriasis.
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